Report Illustrates Positive Outcomes for EQ Participants

When research scientist Kristin Dillon, Ph.D., talks about the outcomes of our Equilibrium (EQ) Youth Services, it’s hard not to get excited.

Report Illustrates Positive Outcomes for EQ Participants

Her report, Providing Community-Based Treatment to Young Adults with Mental Illness, illustrates that EQ Services are achieving their goal of helping young people transition successfully into adulthood:

  • 86% either improved or maintained stable housing after enrollment
  • 72% either had a diploma or GED or were still in school
  • 60% were either employed or working toward employment

“The fact that so many participants achieved a GED during enrollment has important implications for their future employability and stability, says Dillon who works for Wilder Research. “Also, the fact that so many participants were in stable housing at the end of enrollment or at the time the data was pulled is very promising, as housing has repeatedly been shown to be a significant determinant of physical and mental health.”

Youth and Mental IllnessEarly intervention – one goal of EQ is to intervene after the first episode of a mental health crisis or psychotic episode – is a key component of achieving these kinds of results. “The average person waits up to 10 years to seek treatment, so providing treatment to this population can prevent a decade of challenges,” says Dillon who works for Wilder Research. “That is a considerable amount of time, particularly at a pivotal transition period in the life of a young adult.”

In addition to helping to prevent years of unnecessary challenges and suffering, according to the report, EQ has also demonstrated that it “can reduce out-of-home placements, increase preventive care, and maintain hospital follow-up, all of which have been associated with decreased public healthcare costs.”

“The findings that were the most exciting to me were that the outcomes were so consistently positive for participants, regardless of the type of primary diagnosis they have,” says Dillon. “I think it’s really impressive that the services appear to benefit a range of participants, including across different demographic and diagnostic groups.”

Read the full report.

September 19, 2017

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