Case Manager as Therapy Extender for Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Serious Mental Illness: A Case Report
Narsimha R. Pinninti, Lisa T. Schmidt, Richard P. Snyder
Community Mental Health Journal
May 2014, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 422-426
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based intervention for individuals with serious mental illness and potentiates standard medication management. Americans receiving publicly funded treatment for serious mental illnesses have limited access to CBT and hence we need to devise innovative ways of providing access to this important intervention. We present a case of a man who had severe disability, was medication resistant, and diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. After being home bound for many years he was provided CBT utilizing his existing case manager as a therapy extender. The specific roles of the primary therapist and case manager as well as the improvement in quality of life of the individual are delineated. This case report opens up the possibility of further studying case managers as therapy extenders for treating serious mental illnesses.