MCES Adding Occupational Therapist to Treatment Team

In addition to intensive psychiatric care, MCES promotes recovery by giving patients the tools to improve their quality of life at home and in the community. That is the role of the Allied Therapy Department, which among other things, teaches coping skills, stress management, social skills, and relapse prevention.

In recent years, that job has become more difficult as more patients present with higher levels of homelessness, substance use, trauma, and co-morbid medical illnesses. These factors make it harder for patients to engage in treatment and prepare for returning to the community, or transitioning to other care settings.

For some this leads to longer inpatient stays, more frequent readmissions, and shorter intervals between hospitalizations. Patients caught up in a “revolving door” of hospitalizations often come to see treatment as ineffectual and themselves as hopeless and having no purpose. This affects their life in the community and relations with family and other supports.

Problems with daily life activities interfere with recovery, foster non-adherence to treatment, and precipitate the return of symptoms.