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Community Ment Health J. 2012 Jun;48(3):321-7. doi: 10.1007/s10597-011-9381-1. Epub 2011 Jan 19.

Supported housing and supported independent living in the Netherlands, with a comparison with England.

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  • 1University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. c.de.heer@med.umcg.nl


Research into community housing programs for people with severe mental illness is underexposed. The Dutch UTOPIA study describes characteristics of their service users, which may predict their allocation to either supported housing or supported independent living programs. Additionally, a comparison is made with English studies. 119 Care coordinators of Dutch residential care institutes and 534 service users participated in a cross-sectional survey which includes socio-demographic data, clinical data, measures of functioning, needs for care and quality of life. Differences between Dutch residents and independent living service users were small, making predictions of care allocation difficult. This similarity suggests a possible lack of methodical assessment in the allocation procedure of people who are eligible for residential housing or independent living programs. This is largely comparable to the English situation. In comparison with their English counterparts, Dutch service users have more met needs and are more engaged in occupational activities.

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