The Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program was developed in order to help people with schizophrenia or major mood disorders learn how to manage their illnesses more effectively in the context of pursuing their personal goals. Five empirically supported strategies were identified and incorporated into the program, including psychoeducation about mental illness and its treatment, cognitive-behavioral approaches to medication adherence (e.g., incorporating cues for taking medication into daily routines), developing a relapse prevention plan, strengthening social support by social skills training, and coping skills training for the management of persistent symptoms. The IMR program integrates specific empirically supported strategies for teaching illness self-management into a cohesive treatment package based on 2 theoretical models: the transtheoretical model and the stress-vulnerability model. The five empirically supported illness self-management strategies are incorporated into the IMR program, which is organized into 11 curriculum topic areas. These topics are taught using a combination of educational, motivational, and cognitive-behavioral teaching strategies, with weekly individual or group sessions requiring approximately 11 months to complete. This project focuses on supporting Washington State IMR pilot sites in northern and eastern Washington through ongoing training, consultation and fidelity reviews. Program evaluation data are reported annually.
Washington State Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Pilots
Maria Monroe-DeVita, Ph.D.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR)
October 2011 - present
Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training
Adult Behavioral Health