A randomized, controlled pilot study of the effectiveness of a peer-directed intervention for persons who are formerly homeless

Community participation does not necessarily increase when housing success is achieved. This study tests a peer brokered, supported participation intervention for enhancing community living and participation among individuals who are formerly homeless and are currently receiving supported housing services.

A randomized, controlled trial of an ‘inoculation against discrimination’ training intervention for African Americans with psychiatric disabilities

Experiences of daily race related stressors have a profound impact on the mental health status of African American (AA) clients with severe psychiatric disorders. Working with a local community mental health center, investigators implemented an RCT to assess the effectiveness of Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) for AA clients to improve their coping skills with daily discriminatory stressors encountered, and consequently, improve their psychiatric symptoms.

A study of environmental influences on community participation, using Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies

Continuing the use of GIS technologies from the first five years of the Collaborative’s research activities, investigators explored the degree to which proximity to a wide range of community resources are predictive of measured levels of community inclusion for a sample of Philadelphians with psychiatric disabilities.

Return to community through restorative justice and circles of support: Just Relations

Working with Philadelphia’s Forensic Peer Support Specialist program, this study will develop a peer-delivered intervention focusing on the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities leaving jail, to increase their social connections and community participation, while preventing future involvement in the justice system.

A randomized, controlled trial of supported leisure and recreation for an active life

Working with a network of mental health agencies, this study assesses the effectiveness of a recreation-based intervention for participants currently receiving case management services, in promoting independence through community access and interest-based community participation.

A randomized, controlled trial of the effectiveness of distance supported education for post-secondary students with psychiatric disabilities

Building upon the Collaborative’s prior work assessing supported education programs, this study will assess how effective an online supported education intervention can be in assisting students who have psychiatric disabilities with college completion and academic achievement.

Assessing the impact of self-directed care, within a Medicaid-funded environment, on participation and community living: A Randomized, controlled trial

Working with a selected sample of Medicaid clients in Delaware County (PA) served by Magellan Mental Health Systems, the study assesses the impact of placing primary control over the expenditure of Medicaid mental health funds in the hands of consumers, who were assisted by specially training peer specialist personnel.

Assessing the impact of an Internet-based parenting intervention for mothers with psychiatric disabilities: A randomized controlled trial

Building upon the Collaborative’s prior work on the challenges facing mothers with psychiatric disabilities in raising their children, the study assesses a new intervention – an internet-based parenting group – in an effort to insure that needed peer support is provided for mothers seeking to retain custody of their children.

A randomized, controlled, multisite trial of the effectiveness of supported education for postsecondary students with psychiatric disabilities

Working with a network of supported education programs funded by the State of New Jersey’s Office of Mental Health, the study offers a unique opportunity to assess the degree to which supported education programs can be effective in assisting students to complete their studies in a satisfactory manner.

A mixed methods study of the community living needs of individuals with psychiatric disabilities who are newly released from jail

This study followed a sample of individuals with psychiatric disabilities from jail to community, assessing the services and supports needed, available, and effective in the efforts of individuals to reestablish themselves – as family members, as workers, and as community participants – in their lives following incarceration.

Reliability of three community participation measures for adults with psychiatric disabilities using two administration approaches

This study continues the work of the Collaborative in providing the research tools needed to measure community inclusion and the effectiveness of related service/support interventions, providing a first time assessment of the reliability of three widely use participation measures that have been developed over the past few years.

A study of a peer-delivered participation and community living supports intervention for persons with co-occurring psychiatric and physical/sensory disabilities

Working with Liberty Resources, Inc. in Philadelphia, which is one of the nation’s oldest and largest Centers for Independent Living serving people with disabilities, the Collaborative explored the impact of providing the supports of Certified Peer Specialists for Liberty Resources consumers with both physical/sensory and psychiatric disabilities.