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Minerva Psichiatrica 2015 March;56(1):39-50


language: Italian

The experience of Supported Houses in TO1 Local Health Unit in Turin area. Participatory evaluation: strong elements and possible developments

Tiezzi M. N., Reano L. G., Xocco V.

ASL TO1, Dipartimento di Salute Mentale, Torino, Italia


TO1 Local Health Unit, Mental Health Department, in 1997, built a network of Supported Houses (SH) for psychiatric patients that nowadays represents one of the most important experiences in Italy, accounting up to 64 houses where almost 260 patients are currently living. The SH described here is mainly intended as a “home to live in”, since “living a space” is an essential dimension of human life on which it is possible to develop a therapeutic project on several levels: self-care, the group, the neighborhood and the city, the social relationships, the family. After 10 years, in 2007, the Local Health Unit started an accurate participatory evaluation of SH as therapeutic instrument, including, in a synergic way, users, families and workers founding the Evaluation Group. At a later stage a process of continuous education for the workers of SH that uses group as main method has been activated. The Evaluation Group and the workers group are synergic, composing an innovative model of active participation in psychiatry that, on one side, allows the improvement of work quality and overcomes the self-referential logic in the evaluating process and, on the other side, activates a dynamic path aimed at empowering both users and their families.

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