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American Psychological Association takes note

CTI received significant attention in a cover story on homelessness and mental illness in the current issue of the APA Monitor, published monthly by the American Psychological Association.  The article describes CTI, along with Housing First and other innovative approaches that can help reduce the problem of homelessness among persons with severe mental illness.  The

Project ASPIRE presented at ABCT conference

Clinicians and researchers from the Institute for Community Living, Inc., presented a poster evaluating the effectiveness of Project ASPIRE at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies held last month in New York City.  Project ASPIRE is an award-winning SAMHSA-funded demonstration program that applies CTI and other evidence based approaches to

Columbia approves CTI course

Columbia University will offer the first academic course on CTI to social work graduate students.  Entitled, Facilitating Continuity of Care for Vulnerable Populations in Critical Transitions: Applications of CTI, the course is part of the school’s advanced generalist practice sequence.  Dr. Fang-pei Chen, an assistant professor at the school, plans to offer the seven week

Web-based training evaluation report released

The Center for Social Innovation has issued a final evaluation report on its NIMH-funded effort to develop and pilot test a web-based CTI training and implementation support model for social workers and other staff working with homeless persons.  This innovative project, which brought together experts in CTI, adult and team-based learning theories and multi-media technology,

CTI symposium features international collaboration

The  Institute on Psychiatric Services, an annual meeting of community-based psychiatrists organized by the American Psychiatric Association,  was the site of a well-attended symposium on CTI held on October 11, 2009.  The symposium, organized by Bert van Hemert of the ParnassiaBavo Group and Leiden University in the Netherlands and Dan Herman of New York State Psychiatric

Dutch CTI team visits NYC

A team of mental health workers and researchers from the Netherlands visited during the week of September 15 to meet with staff from Columbia University and several provider organizations involved with CTI implementation in New York City.  Adaptation and testing of the CTI model has been underway for several years in the Netherlands where there

North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative considers CTI dissemination

Dan Herman, CTI research director, met on May 29 with the mental health subcommittee of the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative in Raleigh to describe the model, present research findings and discuss way in which CTI might be usefully implemented in the state’s mental health system.  Reporting to the state’s Director of the Division of

CTI informs pilot ACT transition model in New York State

For persons with severe mental illness, the transition from assertive community treatment (ACT) to less intensive services is a vulnerable period during which enhanced support is especially vital.  The ACT Transitions Model, adapted in part from CTI, is a framework designed to enhance the coordination and continuity of care of service recipients who are moving

Using a brief CTI to promote continuity of care after inpatient hospitalization

Lisa Dixon of the University of Maryland and colleagues have published a new experimental study assessing the effectiveness of a brief three-month adaptation of CTI in enhancing continuity of outpatient psychiatric treatment for persons with serious mental illness following discharge from inpatient care.  Among the findings were that, compared with the control group, persons assigned

Canadian best practices portal adds CTI

CTI has been added to the Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention.  The portal, maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada, is intended to improve policy and program decision-making by enabling access to the best available evidence on chronic disease prevention and health promotion.