For more information about the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, please contact:
Phone: 215-204-6779
Fax: 215-204-3700

About Us

The Temple University Collaborative

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to conduct state-of-the-art research and knowledge translation activities to improve opportunities for community inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Directed by Mark Salzer, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Temple University’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Temple University Collaborative seeks to:

The Temple University Collaborative (formerly the UPenn Collaborative)is based at Temple University’s  new Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.  Partially driven by the mission of the Collaborative, the focus of the new Department is on the promotion of full community participation of individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  The new Department is Temple’s response to the increasing recognition by providers, consumers, administrators, and policymakers of the importance of community participation in promoting both the health and wellness of persons with disabilities and the economic and social health of community life.

Mission - It is the mission of the Temple University Collaborative to:

Our Research Agenda

The Temple University Collaborative’s mission responds to the goals of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which seeks to “generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community.”  NIDRR  provides support for its Rehabilitation Research & Training Centers to conduct new research to improve rehabilitation methodology and service delivery. 

The Temple University Collaborative conducts state-of-the-art research to identify barriers and strategies for promoting community inclusion, full participation, and the recovery of persons with serious psychiatric disabilities.  Research efforts of the Collaborative include projects focused on:

The research initiatives of the Temple University Collaborative (RRTC) are a mix of randomized controlled studies, secondary data analyses, and qualitative research endeavors, collectively designed to build a stronger research, policy, and intervention knowledge base for the promotion of community integration for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Our current research projects include:

To learn more about our current research projects, please refer to the research drop-down menu.

Our Knowledge Translation Activities

One of the core functions of the Temple University Collaborative is to ensure that current research knowledge in the field reaches consumers, providers, and funders  in effective ways that can impact public policies, program design, and the knowledge base and skills of practitioners in the field.  Our Knowledge Translation (KT) activities include both specific training and technical assistance activities detailed in the initial proposal and an evolving mix of consultations and engagements that are responsive to requests from the field:

Our current KT activities include:

The Temple University Collaborative responds to the field through:

Training and technical assistance is available from the Temple University Collaborative on a wide range of topics:  the principles and practices of community inclusion; overcoming the policy and program barriers to community inclusion;  innovative program models – for both traditional and consumer-operated agencies – promoting community inclusion; managing the risks associated with community inclusion; and the development of research and evaluation measures to assess community participation, integration, and inclusion outcomes; among other topics.


The Temple University Collaborative works in close partnership with both the National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse (at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania) and Horizon House, Inc., both in Philadelphia.

The National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse is one of the first national consumer technical assistance centers established within the United States.  Based within the consumer movement, the Clearinghouse serves as an advocate for respect, opportunities, and empowerment for individuals with mental illnesses, and provides training, technical assistance, and consultation to consumer operated services throughout the country.  The organization takes pride both in its own array of consumer-driven services and its extensive collection of resources to assist other programs around the country.  To learn more about the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, please visit:

Horizon House, Inc. has provided innovative, community-based services throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware since it was founded in 1952.  One of a earliest of the agencies in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, Horizon House, Inc. places particular emphasis on individual strengths and personal choice in its work with adults experiencing a variety of psychiatric or developmental disabilities, addictions, and/or homelessness.  The programs of Horizon House, Inc. emphasize recovery and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and the agency is a regional leader in the development of effective programs in the field.  To learn more about Horizon House, Inc. please visit:

The Temple University Collaborative also works closely with its National Leadership Committee (NLC),  with representatives of consumer, family, provider, and research leaders in the field.  The NLC annually identifies emerging research and knowledge translation needs and asks the Temple University Collaborative staff to develop responsive activities.  Current NLC projects focus on the role of peer specialists in three areas:  in promoting community inclusion in rural settings, in working with religious/spiritual organizations, and in assisting consumers in returning to work.

In addition, to achieve our mission, the Temple University Collaborative also works closely with researchers, consumers, advocates, providers and policy-makers from the following organizations (among others): 

Overview of Community Inclusion

The Temple University Collaborative seeks to promote “the opportunity for people with psychiatric disabilities to live in the community, and be valued for their uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else.”  Our goals embody a commitment to insuring greater participation in community life for people with psychiatric disabilities as they integrate into mainstream activities, in addition to the development of a stronger commitment on the part of communities to be more inventive and inclusive in their efforts to reach out to people with psychiatric disabilities. 

We seek to promote community inclusion to ensure that rights become reality. The Collaborative will lead the mental health field in identifying and eliminating barriers to and developing supports for community inclusion outcomes, designed to bring about meaningful changes in the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Community inclusion goals promote the engagement of people with psychiatric disabilities in the full array of community domains: housing, employment, education, leisure/recreation, social roles, peer support, health status, citizenship, self-determination, and religion/spirituality – and more.  Community integration should result in an expanded community presence and participation of people with psychiatric disabilities, similar to that of all others without a disability label (Salzer, 2006):

Citation for diagram: Salzer, M.S. (2006). Introduction. In M.S. Salzer (ed.), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills in Practice: A CPRP Preparation and Skills Workbook. Columbia, MD.: United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Contact Us

For more information about the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of People with Psychiatric Disabilities, contact us at:

Katy Kaplan, Assistant Director
Phone: 215-204-6779
Fax: 215-204-3700

Mailing Address:
The Temple University Collaborative
on Community Inclusion Of People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
1700 N. Broad Street
Suite 313, Box #062-62
Philadelphia, PA 19122