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What are the benefits of Family Psychoeducation?

Evidence shows that for consumers whose families participate in family psychoeducation programs, relapse rates and re-hospitalizations decrease significantly within the first year after hospitalization when compared to consumers who only use medication with, or without psychotherapy. With a family psychoeducation program in place there is evidence of savings in all areas that traditionally accompany relapse, including hospital costs and the need for police interventions and crisis intervention. Employment rates for consumers usually double; in combination with supported employment, they can quadruple. Because it reduces medical care needs for both consumers and their family members, it can reduce overall health care costs. Successful outcomes improve stakeholder support for the mental health authority, helping to sustain the program.

Outcome results are critical for demonstrating to the effectiveness of the program to funding sources and for persuading more agencies to participate. It is also important to point out to the specific stakeholders what they may expect as benefits from practice of family psychoeducation and to determine, with the stakeholders, if these benefits are supported by outcomes in local practice. These benefits have occurred across many cultural and racial groups, throughout the United States and in several international studies and programs. For example,

For consumers

  • Helps build a support network for

recovery

  • Provides hope

  • Reduces relapse and hospitalization

  • Improves symptom management

  • Reduces medication dosages

For families

  • Provides hope

  • Provides skills to support recovery

  • Improves understanding of the illness

  • Improves coping skills

  • Reduces medical illness and medical

care utilization

  • Improves social skills and community participation

  • Increases employment, earnings and career options

  • Strengthens family ties

  • Reduces family conflicts

  • Reduces feelings of stigma and isolation

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves family relationships

For practitioners

  • Improves consumer outcomes, community functioning, and satisfaction for consumers

  • Enhances understanding of severe mental illness and how to treat it

For mental health agencies

  • Helps to achieve higher rates of recovery for consumers

  • Reduces the need for crisis intervention over time

  • Improves relationships with families and consumers

Savings in emergency room and hospitalization costs

  • Reduces need for crisis intervention

and agency disruption

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