Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Chovanec


Social Work


Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) is a Minnesota based psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults whose ability to function in daily life has been impaired due to the symptoms of mental illness. The goals set and actual outcomes achieved by clients during participation in ARMHS were examined in a secondary data analysis using the CHIME recovery model (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning in life, and Empowerment) to determine the effectiveness of the program in assisting clients recover from mental illness. Outcomes described were largely mapped to the areas of Connectedness, Meaningful activity, and Empowerment, which may be related to the behavioral orientation of goal development. Overall, the majority of outcomes described successful achievement of goals, supporting ARMHS as an effective service for assisting in recovery from mental illness. Implications for this study are the continued need to use consumer driven measurement tools like CHIME to assess recovery from the perspective of the client rather than assessments driven by the medical model. The improvement of outcome evaluation forms to integrate more accurate ways of measuring the components of recovery would improve the type and quality of data collected during the reassessment process.

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