Implementing Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the Mental Health System Services: From Theory to Practice

  • Afzal Javed
  • Paola CarozzaEmail author
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


Psychiatric rehabilitation services incorporate principles of recovery and wellness, community support, person-centred care and active involvement of individuals and families in the behavioural health system and services. Based on the definition from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA, formerly USPRA), psychiatric rehabilitation:

…promotes recovery, full community integration and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are collaborative, person-directed and individualized. These services are an essential element of the health care and human services spectrum, and should be evidence-based. They focus on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning, and social environments of their choice.

Because psychiatric rehabilitation is intended to be a person-directed and recovery-oriented service, the overall intent of this chapter is to establish broad parameters within which a variety of successful approaches can flourish, with particular reference about how the Italian field of mental health is dealing with the need of implementing rehabilitative practices in mental health services.


Psychiatric rehabilitation Recovery Social inclusion Community adjustment Planning services Process service Staff requirements EBPs Mental health policies Psychiatric rehabilitation-oriented services Users engagement Carers engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warwick Medical SchoolUniversity of WarwickWarwickUK
  2. 2.Mental Health Department and Addiction Services of FerraraFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Evidence–Based and Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial TreatmentsUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly

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