Affiliations: Division of Intervention Services, 422 Education
Building, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA. Tel.:
+1 419 372 7319; E-mail:[email protected] | Center for Disability Studies, Department of
Educational Foundations and Special Services, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Note:  Corresponding author
Abstract: Emphasis on community-based treatment, along with the development of
effective psychotropic medication, has resulted in a major shift in treatment
methods for individuals with severe mental illness over the past several years.
The primary strategies emphasized in current psychiatric rehabilitation efforts
include the strengthening of (a) client skills and competencies and (b)
environmental supports. The purpose of this article is to discuss successful
psychiatric rehabilitation models and their impact on the social integration of
people with severe mental illness.
Keywords: mental illness, psychiatric rehabilitation, social skills, work