ERIC Number: ED035050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Obligations to High Priority Target Groups: Philosophical Implications.
Christmas, June Jackson
Community mental health center services must be most plentiful where the need is greatest and must be appropriate and available to meet these needs. The first high priority group, according to statistics on juvenile delinquency, and narcotics, is the black inner city. Socio-psychiatric services, numerous enough in quantity to begin to meet needs and specific enough in character must be developed. The individual himself will receive high priority. However, high priority must also be assigned the family, informal and formal groups, and groups in conflict. A third priority of concern is not only with the role of the patient or with the sickness in an individual, but with the well behavior of the designated patient. Fourthly, there are those with special needs growing out of the nature of their life experiences, the criminal, social deviants, and mentally retarded. The next high priority is for those who lack essential services (the poor), the children and youth, and the elderly. The sixth group high in priority is those persons who occupy a negative imposed social position such as ethnic minorities. The two final target groups are: (1) the minority of white men in positions of real power, (2) the vast majority of white men who have power ascribed to them simply by virtue of their being white. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons.; Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY. Dept. of Psychiatry.
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute of Mental Health Regional Conference on Developing Effective Community Mental Health Center Programs, New York, New York, April 30, 1968