Patients with chronic mental illnesses have complex treatment needs that often pose significant challenges to mental health professionals. This paper describes the implementation of a psychosocial rehabilitation program to meet the treatment needs of patients in a public psychiatric hospital providing long-term care. A core group of professional staff adopted psychosocial rehabilitation principles in order to transform a custodial model of care to a highly interactive educational and skills building program. A model of service delivery was established to address patients' skill deficits and barriers to returning to the community. This article describes the major steps and challenges faced in overcoming obstacles and implementing a psychosocial philosophy of treatment in an inpatient setting. It suggests that it is possible for the public hospital to reinvent itself into an environment that can stimulate recovery and hope.
Psychiatric Quarterly – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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