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Serious mental illness (SMI) are mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders that result in serious functional impairment limiting daily participation in activities. (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], n.d.-a). Adults living with serious mental illness (SMI) often experience unhealthy or maladaptive routines and often lack the support to build these routines. Supportive housing provides a stable home for adults with SMI to build healthy routines while receiving specialized treatments. In supportive housing organizations, there is a need for caregiver resources to support the individual's healthy routine obtainment. This capstone project developed a five-step caregiver guidebook to help adults with SMI build healthy routines using a supportive and collaborative approach. This capstone guidebook was provided to a behavioral health organization to be utilized and sustainable for each adult with SMI who is seen in their therapeutic foster care program. This capstone project’s goal was to create a caregiver guidebook for developing healthy routines and promoting the participation, occupational identity, and occupational competence of adults with SMI living in supportive housing.

Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Mental Illness, Behavioral Health, Caregiver Guidebook, Healthy Routines

Medical Subject Headings

Mental Illness, Behavioral Health, Healthy Routines


Medical Education | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

Developing Healthy Routines in Adults with Serious Mental Illness Living in Supportive Housing: A Caregiver Guidebook