The Evolution of Service Innovations for Adults with Severe Mental Illness


in Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195111552
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865734 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 The Evolution of Service Innovations for Adults with Severe Mental Illness

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This chapter focuses on service innovations for adults suffering from long-lasting, persistent major mental illnesses that result in social and functional disability. It begins with a discussion of the subpopulation of adults with serious mental illness, including those with a coexisting substance abuse disorder, those who are homeless and mentally ill, and those involved with the criminal justice system. The theoretical underpinnings of intensive case management are then presented. The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model is discussed, including its effectiveness and the degree to which the model has been implemented in actual case management practice.

Keywords: mentally ill; social disability; functional disability; Assertive Community Treatment; case management

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