In fulfillment of the requirements for a Master’s of Social Work degree, a project was developed to increase the services being offered for those experiencing homelessness, substance use, severe mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. The harm reduction model was utilized as a means to assists those in reducing harms associated with substance use. This grant proposal identified homeless individuals in the Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 of South Los Angeles, more specifically the Courtyard of the Midnight Mission as the target group for the harm reduction services. Prevalence rates of harms associated with substance users were noted, as well as the increasing growth of the homeless population in California, specifically the influx of unsheltered individuals in SPA 6. Through participation in weekly group and individual therapy sessions, the group members are expected to benefit from motivation and brief interventions to deter from harms associated with substance use. This strengths-based program embraces the harm reduction principles as a means to educate, motivate, and empower group members to begin the practice of reducing harms associated with substance use. The actual submission or funding of this grant was not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.
|Commitee:||Mayers Pasztor, Eileen, Washington, Thomas Alex|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Co-occurring disorders, Harm reduction, Homelessness, Severe mental illness, Social work, Substance use disorders|
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