ERIC Number: ED026466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
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Mental Health and Manpower Employment Adjustment for Pschiatric Patents, MDTA Experimental and Demonstration Findings.
Fort Logan Mental Health Center, Denver, CO.; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.
Work as therapy is increasingly suggested as a means of helping the patient to develop and maintain stronger bonds with the community. The goal of a 44-month project, of which the initial 20-month period is reported, is to develop manpower programing knowledge to meet the vocational development needs of mental patients and to evaluate the manpower potential of this labor pool. The project provided vocational counselors to participate on several of Fort Logan's eight psychiatric teams which served 800 patients, of whom only a small percentage were under 24-hour care. During this initial period, 479 patients were served in some way by the project and 236 were placed on training or on jobs. It was concluded that a reasonable proportion of persons treated for major mental illnesses can return to work, some in spite of immense residual emotional handicaps, and it was estimated that 90 percent could benefit from vocational counseling and rehabilitation services. Integration of the vocational counselor on the therapeutic team increases the counselor's sensitivity to the patient's therapeutic needs and the hospital's sensitivity to his vocational needs. Personal and honest communication with employers is recommended. (JK)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fort Logan Mental Health Center, Denver, CO.; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Manpower Development and Training Act