Peer-Led Recommendations for Supporting Individuals Receiving Care in State Psychiatric Facilities during the COVID-19 Crisis

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Utilizing SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) solicited recommendations on implementing the six principles from NASMHPD Division of Recovery Support Services, SAMHSA’s Statewide Consumer Networks and others with lived experience. Each principle was discussed resulting in practical suggestions for providing information, support, comfort and connection in these highly traumatic times. The unique needs of individuals in state facilities, many of whom have experienced significant life time trauma, was the focus of our meeting and the following suggestions.

Many individuals receiving services in state psychiatric facilities are involuntarily committed and frequently court ordered for evaluation and/or treatment. With the pandemic comes additional uncertainty. These suggestions can help provide the people we serve with some predictability, reassurance and control.

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