Friday, May 11, 2012

On Progress in Social Integration of the Mentally Ill

The strides made and setbacks suffered in efforts to achieve social inclusion for individuals with mental illness are highlighted in a special section of the May Psychiatric Services comprising five research reports and two commentaries. Included are studies of separate housing programs for chronically homeless and formerly homeless adults, a new British antistigma campaign, the use of community-based participatory research methods in the creation of an instrument that can help clinicians design more targeted interventions to promote integration, and use of critical time intervention in promoting integration of formerly homeless adults following hospital discharge. The commentaries address the “mixed legacy” of supported housing and alternative approaches to achieving social integration.