The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based practice developed at Stanford University for adults living with chronic health conditions (or caring for others with chronic conditions.
In 2013, the WMR CCOE partnered with Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Ohio Department of Aging to implement the model in behavioral health and integrated healthcare sites serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness. There are five agencies involved in this pilot.
Chronic Disease Self Management is called Healthy U in Ohio. Healthy U Ohio is a small group program that helps adults of any age gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives. Individuals participate in an interactive workshop 2 1/2 hours a week for six weeks. Each workshop is facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom live with a chronic disease themselves. HEALTHY U was developed by researchers at Stanford University, and is effective in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.