Collection Spotlight: In the Driver’s Seat: A Guide to Self-Directed Mental Health Care

We recently added this new guide to our collection. It was developed by the Bazelon Center and the U Penn Collaborative on Community Integration (a NIDRR grant). Here’s the REHABDATA record:

NARIC Accession Number: O17431.  What’s this? Download article in Full Text .
Author(s): Koyanagi, C.; Alfano, E.; Carty, L..
Project Number: H133B031109.
Publication Year: 2008.
Number of Pages: 40.
Abstract: Handbook provides an overview of self-directed care, a new approach to the delivery of community services to people with mental illnesses that allows consumers to manage their own care and control a budget to pay for their services and supports. Part I of this guide is a brief description of self-directed care. Part II offers advocacy strategies and tactics, while Part III is a more in-depth look at how self-directed care initiatives work and how they are funded. The appendices include fact sheets with information that would be useful to state policymakers and consumer advocates as well as a list of further reading and useful information on self-directed care.
Descriptor Terms: ADVOCACY, BUDGET, COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES, CONSUMERS, FUNDING, MENTAL HEALTH, PLANNING, POLICY, PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES, SELF HELP, SERVICE DELIVERY.

The guide is written in three parts: Understanding Self-Directed Care, Strategies and Tactics for Advocating for Self-Directed Care Policies and Initiatives, and An In-depth Look at Self-Directed Care.  The first part introduces you to self-directed care and the idea of consumers being intimately involved in their own treatment. The second part discusses planning, implementing, and promoting self-directed care. The third part answers many of the questions you will encounter as you learn more about self-directed care. The guide also includes evaluation tools and fact sheets.

The guide is available to download free of charge (see the link above or visit http://www.bazelon.org/issues/mentalhealth/publications/DriversSeat.pdf).  If you find it useful, please let us and/or the authors know!

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