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For more information about the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, please contact:

andrea.bilger@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-6779
Fax: 215-204-3700

Welcome to the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is a National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Our state-of-the-art research and cutting-edge knowledge translation activities seek both to broaden understanding about community integration and to improve opportunities for individuals with psychiatric disabilities to participate more fully in community life.

Welcome to the Temple University Collaborative’s web site, where you will find a variety of useful information about community participation and community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Here is where you can learn more about the policies, programs, and practices that promote community integration, keep track of the Collaborative’s work, follow our research and training activities, access over 150 of our journal articles, toolkits and monographs, and exemplary program descriptions focusing on key issues and life domains, and contact our faculty and staff.

The Temple University Collaborative is directed by Mark Salzer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Temple University’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is conducted in partnership with both the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia’s Horizon House, Inc.

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Community Integration

Community integration is “the opportunity to live in the community and to be value for one’s uniqueness and abilities like everyone else.” (Salzer, M.S. (2006) Introduction. In M.S. Salzer (ed.), “Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills in Practice: A CPRP Preparation and Skills Workbook.” Columbia, MD: USPRA).

It is the mission of the Temple University Collaborative to lead the field in the development of the core concepts and practical technologies of community integration and to advance the centrality of community integration in the future development of policies and supports for people with psychiatric disabilities.

The TU Collaborative: a) targets obstacles that prevent people with psychiatric disabilities from being full members of their communities; b) develops the supports consumers and communities need to enhance the prospects for community integration; and c) expands the range of opportunities for people have psychiatric disabilities to participate in their communities as active and equal members.

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The Temple University Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, in addition to providing a home to the TU Collaborative, contains two programs and sets of degrees, one in Occupational Therapy (offering both masters and doctoral degrees) and on e Therapeutic Recreation (offering both bachelors and masters degrees), as well as a combined doctoral program in health ecology.

The Department is Temple University’s response to the increasing recognition by providers, consumers, administrators, and policymakers of the importance of community participation in promoting the health and wellness of persons with disabilities, as well as in contributing to the economic and social health of society. The Temple University Collaborative is a major pillar in this new Department, expanding our ability to impact research, practice, training, and policy in the interests of promoting full and meaningful community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Take a Quick Look

You can use the ‘accordion box’ in the upper left hand corner of this homepage to take a quick look at new publications for the Collaborative, upcoming opportunities for people like yourself to participate in our research and knowledge translation activities, and future conferences and training programs.