Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2024

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Moses Ikiugu


community re-integration, occupational therapy, mental health, behavioral health, veterans, PTSD

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The Veteran population continues to be disproportionately impacted by mental health disorders despite growing efforts to address this epidemic. Despite an increase in Veterans Affairs (VA) sponsored programs to mitigate the disparity, the interdisciplinary team tasked with implementing the novel programs remains undiversified. My capstone project aimed to provide a comprehensive community reintegration program to the Veterans in the inpatient behavioral health setting and advocate for the role of occupational therapy on the mental health interdisciplinary team. The literature and needs assessment indicated a need for the implementation of occupational therapy specific groups that aimed to increase functional independence and life skills to reduce readmission rates. Using the principles from occupational theoretical principles and the previously conducted needs assessment, I created a community reintegration program to implement with the Veterans in the inpatient behavioral health unit.

Six Veterans in the inpatient behavioral health unit participated in the community reintegration program. I used the General Self Efficacy Scale (GSE) and an adopted version of the Community Reintegration Scale (CIQ-R) as a pre and posttest measure to assess the efficacy of the program. The findings indicated that the participants in the program demonstrated and increase in their perceived self-efficacy when handling problems of everyday life. The result suggests that occupational therapy has a unique role in addressing the growing mental health concerns of the Veteran population.



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