Unlocked facilities run by us crazy folk have better outcomes for people in crisis! I actually think I covered this story a while back with a different article but it’s worth repeating. This makes me think of all the success Jayme is having at the Peer Wellness Center in Georgia. Jayme is the director and a psychiatric survivor who has rejected her illness and does not take meds.
For people with grave psychiatric conditions, consumer-managed residential programs may be the way to go, a new study suggests. (Gianna comment: yup we take care of our own better than the professionals!!!—what a surprise)
Not only are the daily costs of these facilities cheaper than psychiatric hospitals, but patients of these programs may get healthier than their counterparts in traditional, locked institutions, according to the study, results of which have been published online by the American Journal of Community Psychology.
More specifically, the study’s authors found that participants in a consumer-managed crisis residential program (CRP) experienced significantly greater improvement on several interviewer-rated and self-reported psychopathology measures than did participants assigned to a locked, inpatient psychiatric facility (LIPF). They also found that service satisfaction was dramatically higher among patients at the CRP.
Of course places like Soteria proved this a long time ago and meds were virtually not even used. People recover when they are respected and their process is allowed to go unfettered with support.