Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

The War against Group Homes and Day Treatment

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

The War against Group Homes and Day Treatment

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For over 30 years group homes and day treatment programs have been at the forefront of the deinstitutionalization movement in America. While these programs may not always promote the degree of normalization that everyone desires, they have provided a gateway for community reintegration for a significant number of people, previously relegated to isolated state operated facilities. The Olmstead decision has reinforced our commitment to community-based services.

These modalities have also evolved over the years and have become more recovery oriented. Compared to various wraparound, supportive, and assistive service programs, their age is beginning to show. The next generation of behavioral health leaders, however, tend to view these programs with the contempt reserved for "your father's Oldsmobile."

I am always fascinated by how easily authorities, who preach consumer/family choices and empowerment, within the recovery approach, are blithely able to eliminate such programs because they don't fit with their person conception of recovery.

As I write this, my organization is shutting down three group homes for people with dual MH/SA diagnoses and converting our day program into a part-time, time-limited resiliency program. …

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