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Planning Grant Collectives

In the spring of 2017, AOTF began a series of Planning Grant Collectives; these workshops will bring together researchers to plan future studies in the field.

Understanding and Enhancing Community Function in Serious Mental Illness

Understanding and Enhancing Community Function in Serious Mental Illness

June 19-21, 2017

The first collective focused on promoting research relevant to occupational therapy's role in mental health care.  Supported by a generous donation from Bonita Kraft and Florence Stattel, this planning grant collective took place on June 19-21, 2017. 

A select group of twenty-six occupational therapy researchers, psychologists, social workers, health policy specialist and others, representing mental health professionals from the U.S. and Canada gathered to establish several research teams in order to generate and worked on specific research projects together. Several funding agencies (NIMH, NCMRR, NIDILRR) were invited, both as a way to identify potential funding opportunities and as a way to educate the agencies about the focus of occupational therapy. 

Three groups were formed and agreed to pursue the following projects:

Group 1:  Action over Inertia; OT Consultation on ACT Teams; and Active Living.
Group 2:  Improvement of community living outcomes for persons with serious mental illness wit the inclusion of OT assessment/intervention.
Group 3:  College students with serious mental illness (SMI).