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Research Article  |   April 1986
A Hospital-Connected Halfway House Program for Individuals With Long-Term Neuropsychiatric Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Sally A. Friedlob, MSW, OTR, is a training consultant to the Mental Health Behavioral Sciences Education Section, Psychiatry Service, Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, 16111 Plummer Street, Sepulveda, CA 91343
  • Gloria A. Janis, OTR, was a staff occupational therapist at Sepulveda VAMC at the time this article was written; she is now retired from the field
  • Carole Deets-Aron, MS, was a technical consultant at the Sepulveda VAMC when this article was written; she is currently a health systems management consultant, Orange County, CA
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Military Rehabilitation / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   April 1986
A Hospital-Connected Halfway House Program for Individuals With Long-Term Neuropsychiatric Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1986, Vol. 40, 271-277. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.4.271
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1986, Vol. 40, 271-277. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.4.271
Abstract

A three-month, hospital-connected halfway house program was established by two occupational therapists at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center, Sepulveda, California. The program emphasized living skills and social skill training for chronic neuropsychiatric patients. The 19 graduates of the program were able to make the transition from the hospital to the community and to maintain themselves in the community for longer periods of time with shorter rehospitalizations. The 5-year follow-up also indicated that for the majority of the patients the quality of community living improved as measured by their satisfaction with their occupational choices (vocational, avocational) and their living arrangements.