Perspectives on the Implementation and Collaborative Facilitation of an Intervention to Engage Young Adults in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Aaron H. Rodwin, Kiara L. Moore, Daniel Baslock, Rei Shimizu, Michelle R. Munson

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Objective: Increasing service user involvement and collaboration with providers has become an important facet of the recovery movement. This study explored perspectives on the implementation and delivery of an intervention (Just Do You [JDY]) designed to improve treatment engagement among marginalized young adults diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. Method: Informed by the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), we conducted in-depth interviews (N = 11) with nine participants that included agency leaders, clinical providers, and researchers involved with the planning, delivery, and evaluation of JDY. We used grounded theory coding techniques and constant comparison to develop themes that capture the data on implementation and collaboration related to the delivery of JDY. Results: Two broad themes emerged: (a) collaboration between the clinician and person with lived experience and (b) collaborative culture within and between organizations. Findings capture how collaboration occurred between providers within the clinical encounter (e.g., combined strengths of clinicians and peers) and within and between organizations, clustering around several CFIR domains (e.g., inner setting, process, characteristics of individuals, intervention characteristics). Findings speak to the importance of a “culture of collaboration” in which collaboration is occurring across multiple levels of an organization to support the delivery and implementation of JDY. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: JDY can complement other collaborative approaches given its focus on improving initial engagement. Findings point to the perceived benefits of interventions that are facilitated by a clinician and a person with lived experience along with how their combined expertise can support recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • collaborative approaches
  • engagement
  • implementation
  • serious mental illness
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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