National Journal Notes NEOMED Psychiatry Research

A recent study by Mark Munetz, M.D., The Margaret Clark Morgan Chair of Psychiatry; Christian Ritter, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and family and community medicine; and Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry; was discussed in Research Weekly, a publication of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Read more about the group’s research or listen to a podcast that discusses the efficacy of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) with and without the intensive case management of assertive community treatment (ACT).

Jessica Walthall, a research and advocacy associate, concluded, “Ultimately, according to the researchers, the Summit County data provides evidence that AOT can be effective in reducing hospitalizations and hospitalization days, even when not paired with the intensive case management provided by an ACT team. Considering ACT is not widely available throughout the United States, the findings suggest localities may implement AOT programs and sufficiently serve a subset of individuals with serious mental illness, even without the presence of ACT services.”

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