Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 106–112

An Analysis of Relationships Among Peer Support, Psychiatric Hospitalization, and Crisis Stabilization

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9218-3

Cite this article as:
Landers, G.M. & Zhou, M. Community Ment Health J (2011) 47: 106. doi:10.1007/s10597-009-9218-3


This study’s objective was to investigate how peer support relates to psychiatric hospitalization and crisis stabilization utilization outcomes. The likelihood of experiencing a psychiatric hospitalization or a crisis stabilization was modeled for consumers using peer support services and a control group of consumers using community mental health services but not peer support with 2003 and 2004 Georgia Medicaid claims data; 2003 and 2004 Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD) Community Information System data; and 2003 and 2004 MHDDAD Hospital Information System data. Peer support was associated with an increased likelihood (odds = 1.345) of crisis stabilization, a decreased but statistically insignificant likelihood (odds = 0.871) of psychiatric hospitalization overall, and a decreased and statistically significant (odds = .766) likelihood of psychiatric hospitalization for those who did not have a crisis stabilization episode.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Health Policy CenterGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA