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ERIC Number: ED012987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 195
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Reference Count: 0
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COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE DEAF.
ALTSHULER, KENNETH Z.; RAINER, JOHN D.
A THREE YEAR PILOT PROJECT DESIGNED TO DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE AND FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH (PSYCHIATRIC) SERVICES FOR THE DEAF ESTABLISHED A CLINICAL UNIT FOR THE DEAF WITH INPATIENT, OUTPATIENT, AND AFTERCARE SERVICES. THE CLINIC SERVED 50 PATIENTS (MINIMUM AGE 16) IN THE WARDS AND 96 PATIENTS (ALL AGES) IN THE OUTPATIENT SERVICE DURING THIS PERIOD. ALL CLINIC PERSONNEL WERE TRAINED IN MANUAL COMMUNICATION AND THIS FACILITATED DIAGNOSES AND TREATMENT OF THE PATIENTS. GROUP THERAPY WAS FOUND TO BE A VERY EFFECTIVE PROCEDURE WITH DEAF PATIENTS. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND VOCATIONAL PLACEMENT SERVICES WERE PROVIDED IN SOME CASES. THIS PROGRAM ENABLED DISCHARGE OF ALMOST 50 PERCENT OF THE WARD PATIENTS AND FACILITATED IMPROVEMENT IN ONE-FOURTH TO ONE-THIRD OF THE OUTPATIENTS. THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROJECT LED TO PERMANENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC FOR THE DEAF. IMPORTANT AREAS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH ARE THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNIQUES FOR PREVENTIVE PSYCHIATRY AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE PROBLEMS OF REHABILITATION FOR THE DEAF, ESPECIALLY THE NEED FOR HALFWAY HOMES. CASE HISTORIES ARE PRESENTED AS ARE PROTOCOLS OF THE GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS. FIGURES, TABLES, CHARTS, RECORD FORMS, AND OPERATING PROCEDURES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE APPENDIX. A 95-ITEM BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: New York State Psychiatric Inst., New York.
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