Beyond Beds: The Vital Role of a Full Continuum of Psychiatric Care
Source: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP), People experiencing Homelessness, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Juvenile Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Youth, Youth of Transition Age
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Crisis Response System, Peer Support, Post-discharge, Community Reentry, Psychiatric or Mental Health Stabilization
This report addresses offers 10 public policy recommendations for reducing the human and economic costs associated with severe mental illness by building and invigorating a robust, interconnected, evidence-based system of care. Each recommendation is drawn from data and observation and is illustrated by the story of the fictional Taylor, a representative young adult whose journey toward mental health recovery illustrates both the failings and the potential of the current continuum of psychiatric care.