New Study on National Rates of Recovery and New Resource to Help You “Jump-Start Community Inclusion”

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New Study on National Rates of Recovery and New Resource to Help You “Jump-Start Community Inclusion”

National Survey Estimating Rates of Recovery

What percentage of people with a lifetime experience of a serious mental illness are in recovery? Does recovery vary by age? Answers to these questions were addressed with data from a national survey of 41,000 people and published by Mark Salzer, Eugene Brusilovskiy, and Greg Townley from the Temple University Collaborative in Psychiatric Services

You can access the publication here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/29385961/

This novel study found:

  • The lifetime prevalence of a serious mental illness (~6% of the U.S. population)
  • Current prevalence of SMI (3.9% - about the same that SAMHSA has estimated)
  • Discovered that nearly 33% of those with a lifetime experience of SMI were in recovery based on not reporting an impairment for at least 12 months (a definition based on a “clinical” perspective on recovery)
  • Recovery rates were low until age 32, but increased steadily with age

Among other things, this study offers a potential low-cost method for monitoring recovery and provides direction for understanding recovery trajectories. The authors also discuss the critical importance of understanding recovery from the perspective of “living a satisfying and fulfilling life even with impairments,” and encourage more research in this area.

Jump-Starting Community Inclusion
(Participate in a webinar on April 12th, 2018 at 1pm EST)

A new toolkit for Promoting Participation in Community Life, developed by Richard Baron, contains sixty-six practical first steps that community mental health providers can take to more effectively support people to maximize their participation in everyday community life. This compendium of strategies is based on 15 years of research and products from our NIDILRR- funded Temple University RRTC on Community Living and Participation – and focuses on policy changes, programming shifts, and practice innovations that can quickly give new life and relevance to your agency’s operations. It includes a useful ‘menu’ to help individual agencies assess how much they are currently emphasizing community living and participation, and which areas of further action they want to prioritize for the future.

We invite you to download Jump Starting Community Inclusion today – and, to further support utilization of the Toolkit, join us for a one-hour ‘Jump Starting’ webinar on April 12th, 2018 (1pm EST). We will be reviewing the document and hearing from some of the innovators who have begun the process of policy/program/practice change. 

You can download Jump Starting Community Inclusion from the Temple University Collaborative here and sign up for the April 12th webinar through this link.

The Temple University Collaborative is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and Temple University. The content of this special announcement does not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.