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A description of a community-based treatment program designed to address physical health issues associated with severe and persistent mental illness

Ron Tankel, BS, CTRS

Abstract


This article describes the ongoing impact of a community-based mental health program to address physical health issues associated with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). This program developed over a period of 6 years in response to clients' increased participation and motivation. As participants' level of physical wellness improved, there was a demand for more advanced and varied levels of activity. This article demonstrates that people with SPMI responded positively to a structured and supportive group process for improving physical health and wellness.


Keywords


severe and persistent mental illness, physical wellness, outpatient mental health treatment

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References


Colton CW, Manderscheid RW: Preventing Chronic Disease. April 2006. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/apr/05_0180.htm. Accessed June 13, 2014.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2014.0064

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