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Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2003 Spring;26(4):413-5.

Another way of avoiding the "single model trap".

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  • 1ADMH, Florida Department of Children and Families, USA.


Another way to end the "model wars" (Hughes & Clement, 1999; IAPSRS, 1998) is to take what works best from different models and blend them. At two different sites, practitioners being trained to deliver ACT received additional training in the psychiatric rehabilitation and case management technology that had been previously developed at Boston University. Feedback from the practitioners indicated that the blending of these two "models" was helpful and additive. A 4-year period of data collection at one site using a simple pre-post test design showed inpatient days were reduced by about 90% for 80 individuals who were considered to be high utilizers of inpatient services. It appears that the integration of separately developed model approaches bears further study.

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