1998: River Valley Services

“Living in the Community: Clients’ Perceptions of Quality of Life after Discharge under the Community Based Initiative”

for River Valley Services

by Abbie Goldberg, Abigail Kinnebrew, and David Schleifer


Three researchers from Wesleyan University worked with River Valley Services (RVS), a mental health service provider operated by the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), to assess how community placement has affected the lives of people discharged from Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) in 1992 and 1993 under the Community Based Initiative (CBI) program. The study aims to draw a qualitative picture of the lives of these clients in order to gauge the success of deinstitutionalization and community-based care.