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Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2010 Autumn;34(2):137-44. doi: 10.2975/34.2.2010.137.144.

Participatory action research to establish self-directed care for mental health recovery in Texas.

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University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA. cook@ripco.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This article describes a public-academic collaboration between a university research center and the Texas state mental health authority to design and evaluate a unique "money follows the person" model called self-directed care (SDC). SDC programs give participants control over public funds to purchase services and supports for their own recovery.

METHODS:

Through a participatory action research process, the project combined use of evidence-based practice and community consensus as a tool for system change.

RESULTS:

The story of this effort and the program that resulted are described, along with quantitative and qualitative data from the project's start-up phase.

CONCLUSIONS:

Lessons learned about the importance of community collaboration are discussed in light of the current emphasis on public mental health system transformation through alternative financing mechanisms.

PMID:
20952367
DOI:
10.2975/34.2.2010.137.144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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