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Learn More About Mental Illness,
Treatment and Recovery

Mental illness affects many people at some point in their lives. In fact, about 1 in 4 adults ages 18 and over suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year. A smaller proportion of the population--about 6 percent-- suffer from a serious mental illness.  Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada for people ages 15 to 44. Many people suffer from more than 1 mental illness at any given time.

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Many Americans do not receive necessary and beneficial treatment for mental illness. And, even when they do receive care, it may not reflect best practices and/or evidence-based treatment. Only about 1/2 of Americans diagnosed with major depression, for example, receive any treatment at all, and even fewer—about 1/5—receive treatment consistent with current practice guidelines.

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There are evidence-based treatments for mental illness that include individual and group therapies, and medications.  Scientific research has documented practices in the field of mental health treatment that are more likely to lead to symptom reduction, rehabilitation and recovery.  With timely and effective treatment, it is now possible for many people with serious mental illness to lead stable and productive lives, pursue education and employment goals, form loving relationships and live independently with supports, as needed.

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Over the last decade, the Institute for Community Living (ICL) has been in the forefront of integrating best practices and evidence-based treatments throughout its wide array of behavioral health programs. Through extensive education and training, ICL staff members are implementing the following best practices and evidence-based treatments:

Other Helpful Resources on Evidence Based Practices

An overview of evidence based practices and many helpful links on the topic can be accessed from the National Association of Social Workers by visiting

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices can be accessed by visiting

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FACT:  Over 6,000 individuals were welcomed into ICL residential and housing programs from 1995 to 2009.