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ERIC Number: ED017934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-1
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE SOUTH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY.
TERRELL, JO E.
THERE IS AN INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY MINORITY GROUPS IN LOS ANGELES AND MENTAL ILLNESS. THE CAUSES OF THESE PROBLEMS CAN BE FOUND IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC SITUATIONS THAT ARE PECULIAR TO THE AFFECTED GROUPS. THOUGH THE SCHOOL HAS A ROLE TO PLAY, IT CANNOT TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOLVING THE MENTAL DIFFICULTIES OF ITS STUDENTS, THUS NECESSITATING COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AGENCIES. THESE AGENCIES PROVIDE VALUABLE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, PARTICULARLY IN HELPING FORMER HOSPITALIZED MENTAL PATIENTS TO BECOME RE-INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, HOWEVER, SUFFER FROM INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, LACK OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF, ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES, THE STIGMA ATTACHED TO PSYCHIATRIC CARE, AND AN UNINFORMED PUBLIC. THE SHORT-DOYLE ACT FOR COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, PASSED BY THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE, OFFERS A NEW MODEL FOR MENTAL HEALTH AGENCIES. A DEPARTURE FROM THE TRADITIONAL MENTAL HOSPITAL, IT IS AN ENCOMPASSING PROGRAM WHICH ALLOWS THE PATIENT TO BE TREATED IN THE FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE COST WOULD BE FINANCED 75 PERCENT BY STATE FUNDS AND 25 PERCENT BY COUNTY FUNDS. THOUGH THIS PROGRAM REPRESENTS A VALUABLE STEP, THE FINAL ANSWER TO WHAT CAUSES MENTAL ILLNESS AND HOW IT CAN BE ANSWERED LIES IN RESEARCH. (CG)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
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