Independent Online Training
Bringing Community Integration to Life in Policies, Programs and Practices
Original date: December 9, 2009
Presenters: Richard Baron, Arlene Solomon, Jonathan David (UPenn RRTC)
Summary: Moving from an understanding of the definitions, principles, and domains of community integration to implementing policies, programs, and practices that promote community integration in the real world remains a clear challenge. Many community mental health services - in both traditional psychiatric rehabilitation and nontraditional consumer-run settings - provide a comfortable and supportive environment for consumers but may not help them to integrate into mainstream community life. This session is designed to provide practical examples of how community integration can become a pragmatic framework for transforming the focus of policy-makers, program managers, and on-the-line practitioners.
The session begins with two experiences in which public policy - at the state and local levels - have been shifted to place a greater emphasis on community integration than on ongoing segregated services. Next, the session focuses on two psychiatric rehabilitation agencies that have abandoned older programs and successfully implemented new approaches that help consumers leave the agency behind in favor of active lives within their communities. Finally, the session focuses on two examples in which individual practitioners have helped consumers to explore, enter, and succeed in participating in community activities that give meaning to their lives.
1. To recognize examples of policy change that promote community integration
2. To list examples of program change that promote community integration
3. To identify examples of practice changes that promote community integration
4. To specify the uses of a community integration planning framework
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