The Psychogeriatric Assessment and Treatment in City Housing (PATCH) program for elders with mental illness in public housing: Getting through the crack in the door

Beatrice Robbins, Rebecca Rye, Pearl S. German, Mary Tlasek-Wolfson, Jane Penrod, Peter V. Rabins, Betty Smith Black

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Abstract

Psychogeriatric Assessment and Treatment in City Housing (PATCH) is an outreach program targeting elderly public housing residents who need mental health care. The PATCH model relies on educating housing personnel to serve as case finders, providing in-home psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and addressing medical and social comorbidities through case management by psychiatric nurses. An examination of PATCH interventions suggests that the program's success is due to its emphasis on: (1) educating patients, housing personnel, and caregivers about patients' illnesses and need for treatment and support; and (2) coordinating care among housing staff members, patients' caregivers and their primary medical providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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