Project

Human Animal Interaction

Human Animal Interaction

Principal Investigator: Riedel, Edward G.
Funder: Missouri Department of Mental Health
Official Title: Human Animal Interaction

St. Louis Mental Health and Housing Transformation Grant

MIMH was contracted by the Missouri Department of Mental Health to evaluate the advanced helper dog program created by COMTREA, a community mental health center, and Puppies for Parole within the Department of Corrections. The advanced helper dog program trains helper dogs specific to the identified needs of the adopter. Dogs have been adopted by adults with mental health concerns, families with children who have development disorders, classrooms, courts, residential facilities and professional who use them in their work.  The focus of the evaluation is to assess individual outcomes for those who have adopted helper dogs.

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