APHA honors HSRI Senior Vice President Steve Leff with Carl Taube Award

Date: 12/2013

Dr. Leff received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association. The award recognizes scholars who have made important contributions to the field of public mental health. Dr. Leff presented the Carl Taube Award Lecture on Nov. 4 at the annual meeting of the APHA.

“The original planning for the deinstitutionalization of persons with serious mental illness (that is persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other disorders that can result in significant functional impairments) underestimated the need for community-based services and service coordination. This was because the initial planning for deinstitutionalization was motivated by unproven theory and the vision of advocates, but not evidence. Are we about to make the same mistakes when it comes to planning for integrated care for persons with serious mental illness? Research on types and outcomes of integrated care for persons with serious mental illness is in short supply. Yet successes using integrated care for persons with depression and aspects of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in a movement to use integrated care for persons with serious mental illness. This presentation will review the available evidence on integrated care for persons with serious mental illness. Further, given the shortage of research, it will illustrate how a simulation model developed by the presenter, in combination with available evidence, can be used to provide a theoretical basis for and inform the planning of integrated systems of care for persons with serious mental illness. Finally, it will discuss the theoretical questions such as the relationship of simulation outcomes to recovery and data needs stemming from this simulation model. The presentation will include a demonstration of the simulation model and a description of where resources for planning services for persons with serious mental illness can be found.”

Visit Planning by the Numbers: A clinically orientated computer simulation for mental health system planning.

Dr. Leff's presentation can be downloaded below.

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