Richard C. Baron, MA

Richard BaronRichard C. Baron, MA, focuses his current work on the knowledge translation and online training activities of the NIDRR-funded Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, which develops and disseminates research into policies, programs, and practices that promote greater community participation for those with psychiatric disabilities.

Previously, Mr. Baron was the Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ grant making program for health and human services agencies serving adults in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area, and prior to that served for twenty-five years as the Executive Director of Matrix Research Institute (MRI), in Philadelphia, where his work as a Principal Investigator and Project Director on two dozen federally funded research and training programs focused on employment for people with serious mental illnesses.  For eight years at MRI he also served as Director and Principal Investigator of MRI’s NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Serious Mental Illnesses.

Mr. Baron has provided training, technical assistance and consultation services to community mental health programs, state mental health administrations and federal agencies for over thirty years, often focusing on the barriers to competitive work for those with psychiatric disabilities. Mr. Baron is also the recipient of two NIDRR Switzer independent research Fellowships, both focusing on strategies to expand employment opportunities for people with serious mental illnesses.

Recent Publications

  1. Sazler, M.S. & Baron, R.C. (2016). Well Together – A Blueprint for Action: Fundamental Concepts, Theoretical Frameworks, and Evidence. Published by Wellways Australia, Limited.
  2. Salzer, M.S., & Baron, R.C. (2014). Who is John? Community integration as a paradigm for transformative change in community mental health. In G. Nelson, B. Kloos, and J. Ornelas (Eds.). Community Psychology and Community Mental Health: Towards Transformative Change. New York: Oxford University Press.
  3. Baron, R.C., Solomon, A.; Brice, G. H. Jr., and Connors, T. (2014). “ Working.” In  P. B. Nemec & K. F. Norman (Eds) In Best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. Columbia, MD. PRA.
  4. Salzer, M.S., Baron, R.C., Menkir, S-M A., & Breen, L. (2014). Community integration practice: Promoting life in the community life everyone else. In P. Nemec & K. Furlong (Eds.) Best Practices in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Columbia, MD. PRA
  5. Salzer, M.S., Baron, R.C., Brusilovskiy, E., Lawer, L.J., and Mandell, D.S. “ Access and Outcomes for Persons with Psychotic and Affective Disorders Receiving Vocational Rehabilitation Services.” Psychiatric Services, July 2011, Vol.62, No.7. pp 796 – 799.
  6. Baron, R.C., Dezenski, L. and Rogers, J. “Improving Communication Across the Independent Living/Mental Health Divide.”  Disability Studies Quarterly, Volume 33, No. 3, 2013).
  7. Baron, R.C. and Draine, J., & Salzer, M. “I’m not sure that I can figure out how to do that: pursuit of work among people with mental illnesses leaving jail.”  American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Spring 2013.
  8. Baron, R.C.,  Solomon, A.; Brice, G. H. Jr., and Connors, T. (in press).  “ Working.” In P. B. Nemec & K. F. Norman (Eds) (in Press). Best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. McLean, VA:  USPRA.
  9. Salzer, M.S., Baron, R.C., Brusilovskiy, E., Lawer, L.J., and Mandell, D.S. “ Access and Outcomes for Persons with Psychotic and Affective Disorders Receiving Vocational Rehabilitation Services.”  Psychiatric Services, July 2011, Vol.62, No.7. pp 796 – 799.
  10. Baron, R.C. (2011).  Forensic Peer Specialists:  An Emerging Workforce.  Policy Brief:  Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research / Rutgers.  www.cbhs-cjr.rutgers.edu.
  11. Baron, R. (2008)  “Mainstream Career Training:  Accessing Community Resources for Peoplewith Serious Psychiatric Disabilities:  Final Report / NIDRR Switzer Fellowship.”  UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration Website:  http://www.upennrrtc.org.
  12. Baron, R. (2007)  “A Review of Current Information About the Careers of The Direct Support Professional Workforce in the Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Service Delivery Systems,”  District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund,  Philadelphia, PA.
  13. Rogers, J., Vergare, M., Baron, R.C., & Salzer, M.S. (2007) “Psychiatrist Views of Barriers to Recovery and Recommendations for Change:  Findings from the Pennsylvania Consensus Conference,” Psychiatric Services, August, 2007.
  14. Swarbrick, P, Skelton, E., & Baron, R. (2006). Community resources. In M.S. Salzer (ed.), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills in Practice: A CPRP Preparation and Skills Workbook. Columbia, MD.: United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
  15. Baron, R. & Salzer, M. (2002) “Accounting for Unemployment Among People with Mental Illness.”  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, (20) pp. 1 – 15).
  16. Baron, R.  (2002).  People at Work:  the Past and Future Career Patterns of People with Serious Mental Illness.  Recovery Press:  University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL.
  17. Baron, R. (2000).  The Past and Future Career Patterns of People with Serious Mental Illness:  A Qualitative Inquiry. Matrix Research Institute, Philadelphia