Addressing Intersecting Social and Mental Health Needs among Transition-Aged Homeless Youth

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Youth homelessness is a poorly-understood and complex social phenomenon. This paper addresses the risk factors for homelessness in youth and underscore the unique mental health concerns that so often perpetuate the cycle of poverty and housing instability among these high-risk youth. The paper also discusses the gaps that exist in mental health treatment for homeless youth, and identify potential solutions to addressing the existing barriers to care.

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