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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.
Articles  |  April 1, 2014
A Recovery Measure With Staying Power

Although developed early in the recovery movement, the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) has proven to be an effective and reliable measure of the wide spectrum of recovery, including psychological well-being, positive illness outlook, higher levels of social participation and support, sense of belonging, and community participation. Researchers and policy makers can feel assured that the RAS reliably and validly measures recovery, which will further increase research in this critically important area.

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.

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.

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