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Indiana’s State Psychiatric Hospitals serve many roles in their respective communities. They are inpatient treatment units for those who need an intensive level of treatment; they are excellent research facilities for students and professionals in the fields of mental health and addiction; and they are good neighbors in their community, adding to the local economy and culture. The state hospital system serves adults with mental illness (including adults who have co-occurring mental health and addiction issues, who are deaf or hearing impaired, and who have forensic involvement), and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.
The state psychiatric hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission (JC). To maintain JC accreditation, all hospitals are required to participate in a performance measurement program. This is accomplished through participation in the National Research Institute Performance Measurement System, which provides a framework within which the state psychiatric hospitals can identify and implement consistent measures of performance and outcomes. Consistent measurement produces the ability to benchmark the critical indicators of performance and outcomes, leading to the identification and implementation of processes that improve client recovery.
Individuals are admitted to a state hospital only after a screening by a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) responsible for providing case management to the individual in both the hospital and community. CMHCs act as “gatekeepers,” facilitating an individual's transition from the hospital back to the community or other appropriate setting. Involuntary commitment may be sought through the CMHC by a friend, relative or law enforcement representative. No one is denied admission because of lack of financial resources.