This article examines the extent to which psychiatric classification in public policy research contributes to the equation of homelessness and mental illness. Surveys that measure psychiatric status of homeless persons are reviewed to understand whether they contribute to biased rates of mental illness among homeless persons. The relationship between psychiatric classification and the concept of need is examined and alternatives to current classification are proposed. Classification is discussed particularly in relation to policies of segmentation for "single" homeless adults.
Lovell, Anne M.
"Classification and Its Risks: How Psychiatric Status Contributes to Homelessness Policy,"
New England Journal of Public Policy:
1, Article 21.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol8/iss1/21