Original Paper

Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 557-563

Converting Partial Hospitals to Community Integrated Recovery Centers

  • Arthur EvansJr.Affiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Barnabas OkekeAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services Email author 
  • , Sade AliAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Ijeoma Achara-AbrahamsAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Tom OHaraAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Tramaine StevensonAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Nikena WarnerAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Cathy BoltonAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • , Suet LimAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
    • , Joe FaithAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
    • , Joan KingAffiliated withBehavioral Health Consultant
    • , Larry DavidsonAffiliated withProgram for Recovery and Community Health, School of Medicine and Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
    • , Paul PoplawskiAffiliated withBehavioral Health Consultant
    • , Aileen RothbardAffiliated withUniversity of Pennsylvania
    • , Mark SalzerAffiliated withTemple University

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Abstract

This paper describes the conversion of partial hospitals into recovery-oriented programs as part of system transformation. Steps included: participatory planning with stakeholders; strength based assessment of resources and needs; technical assistance; and changing funding strategies. Over a period of 8 years, use of partial hospitals decreased as persons with serious mental illnesses were transitioned to community integrated recovery centers. Preliminary outcomes suggest that these programs are more effective in engaging people in the community activities of their choice, confirming previous findings that showed that partial hospitals can be converted to recovery-oriented programs that focus more directly on promoting community inclusion.

Keywords

Recovery Transformation Community Partial hospitalization Community integrated recovery centers