Tools for Moving On: Adapting an Evidence-Based Housing Curriculum for Individuals Receiving Services in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting to Prepare for Community Living

Jennifer S Sperduto, Michelle R Zechner, Amy B Spagnolo, Giovanna Giacobbe
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 2019 April 11, : 1-6
Individuals with serious mental illness transitioning from state psychiatric hospitals to community living need specialized skills to enter community housing programs. There are few examples of best practice hospital group programs to improve community living skills. To address this gap, the authors developed a community skills training and discharge readiness program, Tools for Moving On (TFMO), adapted from materials from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Permanent Supportive Housing: Tools for Tenants toolkit. The new program uses facilitator and participant handouts, implementation recommendations, and covers four topics, including housing choices, housing preferences, tenancy skills, and support needs. Adapting existing evidence-based practices for individuals in state psychiatric hospitals may aid in successful discharge and community living and support nurses in their efforts for discharge. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].


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