Clinical characteristics and service use of persons with mental illness living in an intermediate care facility

Rachel L. Anderson*, Dan A Lewis

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Objective: The study examined the characteristics of residents living in a 450-bed intermediate care facility for persons with severe mental illness in Illinois and sought to determine the factors predicting their utilization of mental health services. Methods: Data on 100 randomly selected residents with a chart diagnosis of schizophrenia were collected using chart review and interviews. Data for 78 residents whose diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder was confirmed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV were included in the analyses. Results: Fifty-three percent of the residents used facility-based specialty mental health services beyond medication management, such as group therapy or a day program. Persons with the least severe psychiatric illnesses and with higher levels of motivation for overall care used the most mental health services. Thirty-five percent of the residents had been discharged to an inpatient psychiatric unit during the previous year. Residents most likely to be discharged to those settings were young men with a history of homelessness who refused facility- based health services. Conclusions: Despite recent policy-driven efforts to improve care in this intermediate care facility for persons with mental illness, the facility continues to have problems addressing the mental health needs of the residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1341-1345
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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