Information for our Legislators

Psychiatric rehabilitation services are essential for keeping individuals with mental illnesses off the streets and out of detention centers and hospital emergency rooms. But, more importantly, psychiatric rehabilitation services help individuals recover from their mental illnesses to find meaningful roles within the community.

A Cost-Effective Model

Services such as supported employment and supported housing help individuals with mental illnesses or psychiatric and substance use disorders become less dependent on SSI, SSDI, Veterans benefits, housing subsidies and food stamps. An investment in psychiatric rehabilitation services will result in substantial long-term savings in other areas.

A six-year California study of 53 mental health programs found there was a 68% decrease in psychiatric hospitalization, a 65% decrease in incarceration, and an 83% decrease in homelessness when recovery-oriented mental health services were provided. The estimated cost-savings per participant was $8,788 a year.

By ensuring appropriate levels of funding, you can help increase the availability and accessibility of psychiatric rehabilitation services.

Lessons Learned from California’s AB 2034 Programs
Report - prepared for CMHDA and CiMH - March 2009
PrincipalAuthor: Shannon Mong; Contributing Authors: Beth Conley & Dave Pilon

A Qualified Workforce

The qualityof behavioral health services and the success of psychiatric rehabilitationprograms are dependent upon ensuring the skills and knowledge of the workforce.USPRA’s Certified Psychiatric RehabilitationPractitioner (CPRP) is recognizedand/or required by Medicaid regulations in 15 states, and is fast becoming thepremier credential for the psychiatric rehabilitative workforce. Thistest-based certification also includes a rigorous education-based recertificationprogram and enforcement of a practitioner code of ethics. Based on ourexperience in other states, USPRA provides the following recommendationsrelated to mental health regulations:

  • To ensure a recovery-oriented, competent workforce, every supervisor1 and all direct-line2 service providers should be required to obtain and maintain the CPRP credential; or
  • To provide acceptable levels of a competent workforce, every supervisor and at least 50% of all direct-line service providers should be required to obtain and maintain the CPRP credential; or
  • At a minimum, all non-licensed supervisors and at least 25% of all direct-service providers should be required to obtain and maintain the CPRP credential.

1Supervisor—Any individual overseeingthe service delivery and responsible for management of a behavioral healthstaff team.

2Direct-line—Staff providing direct,face-to-face behavioral health services to individuals with mental illnesses.

Guiding Principles

Psychiatricrehabilitation services are guided by a core set of principles and values, andeach Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) upholds a stringentpractitioner code of ethics.

USPRA Core Principles & Values(PDF)

USPRA Code of Ethics(PDF)

USPRA Multicultural Principles(PDF)

USPRA Language Guidelines(PDF)

Position Statements

USPRAbelieves mental health services should be person-centered, recovery-oriented,and readily available within the community. They should promoteself-determination and empowerment, and convey hope and respect. Learn more

Become a Member

When youjoin the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, you become part of agrowing community of more than 1,400 professionals and agencies who believethat recovery is REAL for persons with mental illness. Whether you are apractitioner, research, educator, administrator or individual in recovery, youcan make a difference by demonstrating how psychiatric rehabilitationpositively changes and transforms the lives of persons with psychiatricdisabilities to one of hope, self-determination, empowerment, and recovery. Learn more