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.
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.
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.
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.
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.