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Multimodal Treatment of Acute Psychiatric IllnessA Guide for Hospital Diversion$
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Justin Simpson and Glendon Moriarty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158831

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158831.001.0001

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Hospital Diversion Programs

Hospital Diversion Programs

(p.1) 1 Hospital Diversion Programs
Multimodal Treatment of Acute Psychiatric Illness

Justin M. Simpson

Glendon L. Moriarty

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses hospital diversion programs for treating people with severe mental illness. It first considers the reasons why hospital diversion or intensive community treatment programs exist, such as cutting down on the high costs of inpatient treatment; clients prefer less invasive interventions, such as treatment through hospital diversion programs, because they typically do not have to leave their home for lengthy periods of time or suffer other unnecessary disruptions in their life; there are not enough hospital beds for the large number of individuals suffering from acute psychiatric illness. The chapter also describes four types of hospital diversion programs, along with their strengths and limitations: assertive community treatment, mobile crisis home treatment, partial hospitalization, and crisis stabilization programs. Finally, it examines whether hospital diversion programs work based on evidence.

Keywords:   hospital diversion programs, severe mental illness, inpatient treatment, acute psychiatric illness, assertive community treatment, mobile crisis home treatment, partial hospitalization, crisis stabilization

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