ERIC Number: ED052305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Expanded Mental Health Care for the Deaf: Rehabilitation and Prevention. Final Report.
Rainer, John D.; Altshuler, Kenneth Z.
This project demonstrates the feasibility of adding preventive and rehabilitative services to a mental health program for the deaf in order to improve program effectiveness. Rehabilitation services for inpatients begin when the patient enters the hospital. Social workers and rehabilitation counselors work with family and community agencies to pave the way for social and vocational acceptance of the deaf patients. Halfway house facilities and close liaison with state vocational rehabilitation counselors are used to ensure smooth adjustment after discharge, with similar facilities available to clinic patients. On the preventive level, consulting services at a school for the deaf are supplemented by group therapy, group counseling for parents, and discussions with teachers and cottage personnel. The program's success is measured not only by the number of potentially chronic hospital inmates who are rehabilitated, but also by the increased community cooperation and awareness of mental health needs of the deaf. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, NY.; New York State Psychiatric Inst., New York.