Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 52, Issue 8, pp 1015–1021 | Cite as

Developing a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach to Understanding of the Repeat Use of Psychiatric Emergency Services

  • Alisa K. Lincoln
  • Lori Wallace
  • Mary Sharon Kaminski
  • Kirstin Lindeman
  • Louise Aulier
  • Jonathan Delman
Brief Report


Psychiatric emergency services (PES) remain a critical and under-examined component of the community mental health system. We describe how a unique community-academic partnership came together to examine repeat use of PES through the design and conduct of a qualitative study using a CBPR approach. The goals of the project were to: (1) develop a model of research which promoted the inclusion of people who use mental health services in the research process; and (2) design and conduct a study to examine the repeat use of PES through the inclusion of the perspectives and experiences of people who use these services.


Psychiatric emergency services Community Based Participatory Research Substance use Mental health treatment 



The Boston Community Academic Mental Health Partnership (B-CAMHP) was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (#MH076740). The authors would like to acknowledge the work of Elaine Poulak and James Shepard in the development of the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alisa K. Lincoln
    • 1
  • Lori Wallace
    • 2
  • Mary Sharon Kaminski
    • 3
  • Kirstin Lindeman
    • 3
    • 4
  • Louise Aulier
    • 3
  • Jonathan Delman
    • 5
  1. 1.Sociology and Health Sciences Department, Institute on Urban Health ResearchNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of Public HealthYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Boston Community Academic Mental Health PartnershipBostonUSA
  4. 4.Consumer Quality InitiativesBostonUSA
  5. 5.JD University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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