Mental Health Policy and Practice Today

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Ted R. Watkins, James W. Callicutt
SAGE, 1997 - Medical - 397 pages
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The dynamic nature of mental health practice today is reflected in this informative and stimulating resource.

The first section overviews societal and cost issues related to mental health problems. The contributors then focus on the expanding base of knowledge in the mental health field, such as that arising from neuroscientific and social research, psychoeducation, self-help and advocacy groups. The third section examines populations with special needs, including homeless people whose numbers have risen in recent years - due in part to their expulsion from institutional care. Finally, the volume discusses the future of mental health policy and practice, which will be influenced by technology and shifts in funding to manage

  

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Contents

PARTI INTRODUCTION
1
Institutional and Community Approaches to
17
Political Aspects of Mental Health
32
The Impact of the Courts on Mental
49
The Professionals
69
THE EXPANDING BASE
87
Research Into Social Factors
107
SelfHelp and Advocacy Groups
146
Mental Health Services to Americas Veterans
209
Mental Health Services to Minority Groups
235
Women as Mental Health Service Recipients
258
Mental Health Services to Older Adults
286
The State of Mental Health Services
298
Mental Health Services to Substance
312
IMPLICATIONS FOR
327
Mental Health Service Delivery in
346

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
163
Current Perspectives on the Homeless
182
Services to the Severely and Persistently
195
Issues to Be Resolved
362
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Dr. Ted Watkins, LCSW, Professor Emeritus, received his MSW from Louisiana State University and his DSW from University of Pennsylvania. He has a long background in working with family counseling. Dr. Watkins, who taught at University of Texas-Arlington for many years, served Texas State School of Social Work as both BSW Coordinator and MSW Coordinator. He is responsible for developing Texas State’s online MSW degree program. Dr. Watkins retired fully in 2010, and the School is indebted to him.

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