Friends Hospital is working hard to continue its tradition of firsts through collaboration with its academic and community partners. The hospital focuses on projects that bring innovative care to its patients, and advance recovery-oriented and evidence-based behavioral health services. Below is a list of some recent projects:

The Beck Community Initiative

The Beck Community Initiative is a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania, Community Behavioral health, and the Aaron T Beck Psychopathology Research Center. The Initiative works to implement Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) throughout the behavioral healthcare system. Friends Hospital is proud to partner with the Beck Community Initiative as the first adolescent inpatient unit in the program. Training and expert consultation in CBT, an evidence-based practice which has demonstrated efficacy for a wide range of clinical issues, is provided to the staff on our adolescent unit with the goal of improving quality of care and reducing the use of restrictive interventions.

Since late 2014, Beck Community Initiative staff have been working with clinicians on Friends Hospital’s adolescent unit to train and supervise them in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Through the Beck Community Initiative, hundreds of inpatient and community providers throughout the Philadelphia area have received training in evidence-based practices such as CBT.

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re:Mind Philly

Recognizing that follow-up care is critical to recovery, and preventing adverse outcomes (such as readmission), the re:Mind Philly team sought to address common reasons for missing appointments. Driven by data showing that forgotten appointments account for many missed opportunities for people in recovery, they developed a reminder system to send reminder text messages to patients after discharging from the hospital. Friends Hospital partnered with the University of Pennsylvania and Community Behavioral Health to become the pilot facility for this project, and has been using the system they developed ever since.


Online Training Program for Nurses on Mental Health Recovery Model

Short stay inpatient hospital care remains the only suitable level of care to treat and stabilize some individuals in an acute episode of mental health crisis, but can also present missed opportunities for sustained recovery. More often than not, nurses are the ones involved in directly managing patients’ aggressive behaviors or supervising unlicensed mental health personnel in the inpatient settings during the implementation of mechanical restraint procedures. The primary purpose of this mixed-methods hospital quality improvement (QI) study was to reduce the use of restraints in a short-stay inpatient psychiatric hospital setting by facilitating change in nursing care delivery. The implementation of an evidence-based education for nurses aimed at improving nursing staff knowledge of, and attitudes toward, recovery-focused mental health treatment principles was the intervention.

Recent Presentations and Publications from Friends Hospital Staff

Vernig, P. M. (2016). Telemental health: Digital disruption and the opportunity to expand care. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 22(1), 73-75.

Corrigan, P. W., Kosyluk, K., & Kottsieper, P. (2015). The problem of adherence and the importance of self-determination. In P. W. Corrigan (Ed), Person Centered Care for mental illness: The evolution of adherence and self-determination (pp. 9-27). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Salzer, M. S., & Kottsieper, P. (2015). Peer support and service provision. In P. W. Corrigan (Ed), Person Centered Care for mental illness: The evolution of adherence and self-determination (pp. 191-209). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Vernig, P. M., & Orsillo, S. M. (2015). Drinking motives and college alcohol problems: A prospective study. Journal of Substance Use, 20(5), 340-346.