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April 2014
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Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Editor: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Assessing the Evidence Base Series  |  April 1, 2014
Family, Consumer Psychoeducation Fosters Recovery

Family discouragement, overinvolvement, or high levels of expression of critical emotions can contribute to relapse among persons with serious mental illness, but the opposite seems true as well. When families participate in psychoeducation alone or with other families, they learn skills to help the consumer cope with his or her situation and support the consumer’s recovery. In this systematic literature review of family and consumer psychoeducation, the authors conclude that both interventions empower families and individuals to participate more actively in treatment.

Assessing the Evidence Base Series  |  April 1, 2014
The Promise of Peer Support Services

Providers of mental health services have shown increasing interest in hiring peer specialists to provide a range of services and supports to persons with severe mental illnesses. In fact, many states are including supports offered by certified peer support specialists as Medicaid-reimbursable services. This literature review found encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of peer support services, but more rigorous studies are needed to pinpoint the contributions of peers, the authors note.

Open Forum  |  April 1, 2014
Crisis Intervention Teams: Let’s Close the Evidence Gap

Crisis intervention team models that train police to handle mental health crises in the community have been applauded, but they could become a temporary trend without more research linking specific aspects of the training with behavior changes among police. Major gaps exist in research verifying that changes in officers’ attitudes and skills translate into behavioral change and determining how criminal justice–mental health partnerships affect officers’ behavior, the authors said.

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