194974 Impact of a Consumer Hospital Diversion Program on Quality of Life and Recovery: A Comparative Study

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Michael James Bologna, PhD , Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Richard T. Pulice, PhD, MPH , Department of Social Work, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Steven Miccio, MS , Executive Director : Rose House, People Inc, Poughkeepsie, NY
Studies that examine and evaluate the impact of peer run hospital diversion programs on consumers who experience an acute psychiatric episode, is lacking in the mental health treatment literature. To date no published studies have compared the impact of peer run hospital diversion and traditional acute hospital services on consumers'recovery and long term quality of life.

A convenience sample of mental health consumers were surveyed to compare attitudes about services, care, and treatment they recieved at a peer-rin diversion program and inpatient acute psychiatric hospital. Respondents were asked to rate the quality and type of services they recieved, discuss the impact of these services on their recovery, and life satisfaction. The Quality of Life Index (QAL) and additional measures ,developed by the researchers with comsumer input,were used.

Peer run programs that serve as an alternative to traditional acute hospital programs are rare in the U.S. The results of this discriptive field study provide a greater understanding of consumers'perception of effective treatment, provide a valid assessment of qualities unique to comsumer run programs, and explicate factors that enhance recovery and life satisfaction.

Recommendations to those who participate, provide or plan on providing comsumer run hospital diversion services, practitioners and policymakers focused on the consumers' voice in program planning and immplementation will be made.

Learning Objectives:
Understand mental health consumers' perspectives regarding the quality of services/care recieved in a peer run hospital diversion program versus a traditional acute psychiatric inpatient program. Evaluate data focused on consumers' perceptions about the impact of a peer run program on continued recovery and quality of life Use findings to make recommendations on how to plan and deliver hospital diversion services.

Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Mental Health Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principle researcher/ author of the study that will be presented. I am a professor of Counseling and a provider of mental health services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.