The first 4 years of an intensive community support program were
evaluated in terms of key variables of patient stabilization. Patients (N =
196) had previously demonstrated an inability to manage themselves without
repeated and/or lengthy hospitalizations. During program participation,
there were significant reductions in hospital days and events (80%), jail
incarcerations and charges, billings per patient, and stressful events.
Patients reported increased satisfaction both with their lives and the
program. The results support the value of continued multidimensional and
multimethod examinations of patient stabilization.