Latest trial yields positive results
Psychiatric Services has published the findings of the most recent randomized trial of CTI with people with severe mental illness following discharge from psychiatric hospitals. 150 previously homeless men and women with severe mental illness and who were discharged from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization to transitional residences on the hospital grounds were randomly assigned to receive usual care or usual care plus CTI at the point of discharge to the community. Following discharge, participants’ housing status was assessed every six weeks for 18 months. An intent-to-treat analysis demonstrated that participants assigned to the CTI group had significantly less homelessness at the end of the follow-up period, supporting the idea that a targeted, relatively short intervention applied at a critical transition point can enhance the efficacy of long-term supports for persons with severe mental illness who are living in the community. A free full-text version of the article is available here.