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Evaluating the Use of Peer Specialists to Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training

Sponsor: VA Health Services Research & Development
Principal Investigators: Matthew Chinman, PhD
Eric Granholm, PhD
Description:

This study examines two novel ways to improve functioning and recovery among Veterans with serious mental illness. It will assess the effectiveness of established psychosocial interventions based on cognitive-behavioral therapy and stand-alone social skills training when delivered by Peer Specialists.

Funding Period: 2018 - 2022

Evaluation of Peer Specialists on VA PACTs

Sponsor: VA Health Services Research & Development
Principal Investigator: Matthew Chinman, PhD
Description:

This cluster randomized implementation trial assessed the impact of expanded vs. limited implementation support for deployment of peer specialists in VA Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACTs).

Funding Period: 2015 - 2019
Related Publications: Chinman M, Daniels K, Smith J, McCarthy S, Medoff D, Peeples A, Goldberg R. Provision of Peer Specialist services in VA patient aligned care teams: Protocol for testing a cluster randomized implementation trial. Implementation Science. 2017. [link]

Improving Outcomes for Homeless Veterans with Peer Support

Sponsor: VA Health Services Research & Development
Principal Investigator: Marsha Ellison, PhD
Description:

This two-site cluster randomized trial assessed the impact of peer services on Veterans who were formerly homeless and dually diagnosed.

Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
Related Publications: Schutt RK, Ellison M, Chinman M, Mitchell-Miland C, McCarthy S, Shah M, Schultz MR. Health service preferences among veterans in supported housing in relation to needs expressed and services used. Journal of Mental Health. 2019. [link]

McCarthy S, Chinman M, Mitchell-Miland C, Zickmund S, Schutt R, Ellison M. Predicting engagement with mental health peer specialist services. Psychological Services. 2019. [link]

Chinman M, McCarthy S, Bachrach R, Mitchell-Miland C, Schutt RK, Ellison M. Predicting engagement with mental health peer specialist services. Psychiatric Services. 2019. [link]

Chinman M, McCarthy S, Bachrach R, Mitchell-Miland C, Schutt RK, Ellison M. Investigating the degree of reliable change among those assigned to mental health peer specialists services. Psychiatric Services. 2018. [link]

Ellison M, Schutt R, Glickman M, Schultz M, Chinman M, Jensen K, Mitchell-Miland C, Smelson D, Eisen S. Patterns and predictors of engagement in peer support among homeless Veterans with mental health conditions and substance use histories. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2016. [link]


MISSION-Vet HUD-VASH Implementation Study

Sponsor: VA Health Services Research & Development
Principal Investigators: Matthew Chinman, PhD
David Smelson, PsyD
Description:

This three-site cluster randomized trial assessed the degree to which implementation support helped HUD-VASH teams adopt and implement evidence-based dual diagnosis services.

Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
Related Publications: Smelson DA, Chinman M, Hannah G, Byrne TH, McCarthy S. An evidence-based co-occurring disorder intervention in VA homeless programs: Outcomes from a hybrid III trial. BMC Health Services Research. 2018. [link]

Chinman M, McCarthy S, Hannah G, Byrne TH, Smelson DA. Using getting to outcomes to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs: A cluster-randomized trial of an implementation support strategy. Implementation Science. 2017. [link]

Smelson DA, Chinman M, McCarthy S, Hannah G, Sawh L, Glickman M. A cluster-randomized hybrid III trial testing an implementation support strategy to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs. Implementation Science. 2015. [link]

PEers Enhancing Recovery

Sponsor: VA Health Services Research & Development
Principal Investigator: Matthew Chinman, PhD
Description:

This three-site cluster randomized trial assessed the impact of peer specialist services on those with serious mental illnesses.

Funding Period: 2008 - 2011
Related Publications: Hamilton AB, Chinman M, Cohen AN, Oberman RS, Young AS. Implementation of consumer providers into mental health intensive case management teams. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2015. [link]

Chinman M, Oberman R, Hanusa B, Cohen A, Salyers M, Twamley E, Young A. A cluster randomized trial of adding Peer Specialists to intensive case management teams in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research. 2015. [link]

Chinman M, George P, Dougherty RH, Daniels AS, Shoma Ghose S, Swift A, Delphin-Rittmon ME. Peer Support services for individuals with serious mental illnesses: assessing the evidence. Psychiatric Services. 2014 [link]

Chinman MJ, Shoa R, Cohen AN. Using organizational change strategies to guide Peer Support Technician implementation in the Veterans Administration. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2010. [link]

Contact

VISN 4 MIRECC Peer Resource Center
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
412-360-2852