Homeless Coalition Begins Mental Health Subcommittee

Homeless Coalition Begins Mental Health Subcommittee

A FOX16 special report in July highlighting a gap in services for the homeless mentally ill has led to the development of a committee to try and fix the issue.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A FOX16 special report in July highlighting a gap in services for the homeless mentally ill has led to the development of a committee to try and fix the issue.

Marci Manley initially highlighted the problem of patients apparently being dumped on shelter doorsteps after being discharged from medical facilities. But some say our story sparked a dialogue.

A mental health subcommittee is being created by the Arkansas Homeless Coalition to start the ball rolling on finding a fix to these issues.

According to the coalition co-chair, the Bridgeway reached out to begin a positive dialogue with the Coalition and organizations active in the homeless community and those who help treat the mentally ill.

The plan for the subcommittee is to bring all parties to the table, from shelter case managers and psychiatric facility administrators, to homeless advocates and hospital specialists to look at where the gap in services exist and what can be done to fix it, from all angles.

"When these individuals leave care they need transportation, medications filled, they need housing. And it takes all of us coming together to meet those needs in a timely fashion," says Carolyn Tuturro, Co-chair of Arkansas Homeless Coalition.

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