Webinar 29: Self-Check

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Webinar 29:

Hospital to Community Webinar

In this 1-hour Webinar, Gina shared her personal story of transitioning from a long-term institutionalization to community living, including her work as a peer support specialist during the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital.

Following Gina’s story, we explored the role of peer support in downsizing, right sizing and closing institutional-based settings. We explored 3 interrelated approaches to include: the Community-Hospital Integration Project Program (CHIPP); the Comprehensive Individual Treatment and Community Support Planning Process; and the essential role of Certified Peer Specialists in the hospital to community transition.

You should now be able to:
1.      Explore recovery and community integration through storytelling and data.
2.      Explain the individual, community and financial benefits of downsizing, right sizing and closing state hospitals.
3.      Relate at least 3 positive outcomes of Certified Peer Specialists on the transition team.

About the presenter:
After 17 years of back-to-back institutionalization, Gina credits her journey forward in life to relationships that chose to focus on What’s Strong Not What’s Wrong and to meaningful employment.

Gina often says, “I didn’t get well and go to work. Work was my pathway toward wellness.” Gina was the keynote speaker at the National Olmstead Policy Academy; the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s All Staff Meeting and for the University of Tokyo’s Mental Health Convention.

Gina Calhoun works for the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery (http://www.copelandcenter.com).
To learn more about this webinar, contact Gina at gcalhoun@copelandcenter.com

Quiz Self-Check

  1. What is one benefit of the CHIPP – Community Hospital Integration Project Program – initiative?
  • A) Offers dental care for people shifting from institutional-based settings to community living.
  • B) Promotes the discharge of people served in Pennsylvania state hospitals who have extended lengths of stay and/or complex service needs to less restrictive community-based programs and supports.
  • C) Benefits children and youth in accessing behavioral health services
  • D) Both B and C


  1. A guiding principle of the Community Support Planning Process is…
  • A) Based on the involvement of the person being served and their ‘family’ in the design, implementation and monitoring.
  • B) That the more the individual has their choice honored in the discharge planning process, the greater their chance for a successful community integration and recovery.
  • C) Peer Supporters provide any needed support to the individual to be sure that the person’s voice was heard and respected throughout the process.
  • D) All of the Above


  1. The Community Support Planning Process begins with…
  • A) Three assessments – A Clinical Assessment, a Family Assessment and a Peer-to-Peer Assessment.
  • B) A series of meetings guided by a trained Facilitator and led by the person making the transition.
  • C) Relationship – Getting to know the person transitioning from hospital to community.
  • D) All of the above


  1. During the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital, initially people transitioning from hospital to community
  • A) ALL were excited about having voice and choice.
  • B) ALL were excited about the possibility of living in the community.
  • C) ALL were unique individuals with their own needs, desires and fears.
  • D) ALL were excited about making decisions for their own lives.


  1. The Community Hospital Integration Project Program (CHIPP) was designed to
  • A) Develop the needed resources for successful community integration of individuals.
  • B) Build local community capacity for diversionary services to prevent unnecessary future hospital admissions.
  • C) Transfer state hospital money to the community budget to support new services identified through the Community Support Plans, including peer support services and housing.
  • D) All of the above


Click the link below to download the presentation slides:  webinar_29_gina_calhoun_hosp-to-community