IRTS: Evidence Based Practices

  • Illness Management and Recovery is education about mental illness and treatment including characteristic symptoms and early warning signs of relapse, managing stress and developing relapse prevention plans, developing coping skills and strategies for dealing with symptoms, developing social skills to improve effectiveness in interactions across a range of settings and situations, and identify therapeutic and rehabilitative approaches available to residents (e.g., DBT, treatment for OCD)
  • Integrated dual diagnosis treatment is mental health and substance abuse treatment in a single treatment setting and single treatment regimen by use of an interdisciplinary approach. The program must have the capacity to assess treatment readiness, use motivational interviewing, employ harm reduction strategies and non-confrontational approach, as appropriate to the resident's need.
  • Family Education is treatment services for family members and residents in need of information, assistance and support; including an educational curriculum addressing basic facts about the causes of mental illness and its treatment, including information about medication; practical advice or teaching how to manage and cope with difficult situations involving family members with a mental illness; family support groups and counseling; and community resources, including seeking crisis assistance and advocacy services. Family education can be provided on an individual or group basis.

Arrowhead House coordinates with local services to provide family psycho-education and provide referral information on the availability of family education and support services available in the community, if requested by family members, including when the resident declines Family Education Services.