WMR CCOE - Pilot Study Aims Fiscal Year 2015

An extensive body of literature supports the effectiveness of the Stanford University Chonic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) model. However, there is only limited information about the extent to which the program is effective for adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). In fact, there are only three published studies that address this question (Druss et al, 2010; Lawn et al 2007, Lorig et al, 2013) yet results are encouraging. In addition, a statewide effort underway in Tennessee and the experiences of individual behavioral healthcare agencies (e.g., Centers for Families and Children, Cleveland Ohio) suggest CDSMP has significant merit for adults with SPMI.

The specific aims of the CDSMP pilot study are to:

  • successfully deliver ten (10) CDSMP workshops (2 CDSMP Healthy U Workshops x 5 pilot sites), with each workshop involving between 10 and 15 adults with SPMI as participants, and
  • conduct a preliminary evaluation of the costs, benefits, and feasibility of the CDSMP program for adults with SPMI, and for agencies that offer the CDSMP program to this target population.

In summary, findings from the pilot study will contribute to the empirical literature on CDSMP for adults with SPMI, inform significant decisions regarding future plans for CDSMP among Ohio’s behavioral and integrated healthcare models, and provide critical information about the feasibility of implementing the program within Ohio’s Mental Health and Addiction Services system. That is why the five Ohio agencies approached to participate in the pilot study include a mix of health home agencies, traditional agencies, and agencies that offer integrated health care programming.

For a list of pilot study agencies click here.