ConnectionsRx: A distance-support, community participation intervention for emerging adults with serious mental illnesses


  • Gretchen Snethen Temple University
  • Kyra H. Baker Temple University
  • Bryan P. McCormick Temple University



Community Participation, Emerging Adults, Serious Mental Illnesses, Distance Intervention, recreational therapy


The COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique opportunity to develop and test distance-based interventions. Based upon the Competence Enhancement model, ConnectionsRx is a distance-based intervention designed to support emerging adults with serious mental illnesses to identify and increase participation in the community. Using a case study approach, the purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of ConnectionsRx. The case study details the APIE process, highlighting the individualized, client-driven nature of the intervention. Preliminary outcomes suggest the intervention has the potential to improve well-being through increased social and community participation. This study lays the groundwork for future research, which should explore the effectiveness of the intervention using more robust research methods.