Critical Time Intervention: An Empirically Supported Model for Preventing Homelessness in High Risk Groups

Daniel Herman, Sarah Conover, Alan Felix, Aman Nakagawa and Danika Mills

July 2007

Critical Time Intervention (CTI) is designed to prevent recurrent homelessness among persons with severe mental illness by enhancing continuity of care during the transition from institutional to community living. After providing the background and rationale of CTI, this paper describes the elements of the model and summarizes the status of existing research on its effectiveness. It briefly illustrates how the CTI model has begun to be adapted and implemented by providing a case example of a homeless woman’s transition from shelter to housing. Finally, it outlines plans for the further adaptation, testing and dissemination of CTI in other populations and service delivery settings.

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