The mission of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is to advance the availability
and practice of psychiatric rehabilitation so that all individuals with a serious
mental illness have access to the supports they need to recover.
History of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association:
In the early 1970’s, the directors of the original 13 psychosocial rehabilitation
centers, met to discuss the establishment of an association for advancing the practice
of psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation services (PSR). These founders envisioned
an international association that would promote optimistic strengths-based and community-based
services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Each director
was personally committed to improving and promoting the practice and outcomes of
psychiatric rehabilitation, and each deeply believed that an association was needed
to reflect their commitment. In 1974, the International Association of Psychosocial
Rehabilitation Services (IAPSRS) was incorporated as a nonprofit in the Commonwealth
Word spread of the outcomes being achieved and universities started
to integrate rehabilitation principles and practices into their curricula. In 1982,
the association and the Sargent College Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at
Boston University entered into a partnership to co-publish the Psychiatric Rehabilitation
, providing a platform for researchers to publish findings and thereby, building
the evidence base for psychiatric rehabilitation practices.
As psychosocial rehabilitation
methods were being applied in other mental health settings and validated by research
institutions, a standard of best practice emerged. IAPSRS fostered the efforts of
these early pioneers, and collectively developed a code of ethics, recovery language
guidelines and core principles and values for psychiatric rehabilitation, establishing
these services as integral to community-based treatment.
In 1996, a Registry of
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners was established as the predecessor to the
Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential. Until this
time, there had been a rich tradition of mentoring and agency training in the field.
However, with an ever increasing number of self-identified practitioners, a more
formal method of ensuring the quality and effectiveness of psychiatric rehabilitation
practitioners was necessary.
As the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation took
hold in Canada, it was evident that a national entity was needed to work within
Canada’s socialized funding environment. In 2004, the International Association
(IAPSRS) officially changed its name to the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation
and the PSR Canada was born.
is the preeminent
association for the development, support and dissemination of information about
the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery. The diverse membership
includes agencies, practitioners, families and persons living with psychiatric
disabilities, leaders in psychiatric rehabilitation education and research from
major universities across the United States and the world, as well as state and
federal government entities dedicated to improving outcomes in a cost-effective,
evidenced-based and highly successful model. For more than 30 years and with nearly
1400 members, US
is the leading psychiatric rehabilitation organization in the