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Operation Outreach: Intensive Case Management for Severely Psychiatrically Disabled Adults
Carol T. Bush; M. Wayne Langford; Phyllis Rosen; Walter Gott
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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The authors thank Martha C. Hodge, M.S., Shelia Head, L.C.S.W., Ernestine Pittman, Jean Toole, and the psychiatrist consultants and case managers who volunteered their time for Operation Outreach.

Division of Mental Health and Gerontology at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Central Fulton Community Mental Health Center in Atlanta

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Twenty-eight severely mentally ill adults in an inner-city area of Atlanta participated in a study to determine if intensive outreach by case managers would result in decreased use of mental hospitals and improved community living. The experimental group of 14 clients received intensive support from case managers in the community who helped them anticipate and prevent crises, maintain medication schedules, and address problems in living. Fourteen clients in the control group received some of these same services but at a less intensive level and only at the offices of the case managers. Compared with control clients, experimental clients had an average of ten fewer hospital days and better adherence to medication regimens and agreed-upon service plans during the project.

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