EBP: Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)

Illness Management and Recovery is one of the six Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in mental health recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). IMR “is comprised of a broad set of strategies to help individuals with serious mental illness collaborate with professionals, reduce their susceptibility to their illnesses, and cope effectively with their symptoms. (Mueser et al., 2002). Below are a series of interesting resources that can be helpful to family members.

Bartholomew, T., and Kensler, D. (2010). Illness Management and Recovery in State Psychiatric Hospitals. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 13, 1-5-125.

From the article’s abstract: “The cultural legacy of state pscyhiatric hospitals is often heavily influenced by an era of custodial treatment with an emphasis on medication and the primacy of the medical model of care. Using a recovyre and wellness philosophy, combined with practices that are evidence-based, represents a vision for the future of these insitution. This article describes the implementation of the evidence-based practices of illness management and recovery in a state psychiatric hospital.” Co-author Tom Bartholomew teaches at UMDNJ’s Department of Pyschiatric Rehabilitation as well as consults at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, NJ.

“Illness Management and Recovery–Collaboration for an Evidence-Based Practice”

A PowerPoint presentation on IMR at the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association annual conference in Boston, June 2011.

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