ERIC Number: ED118310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Experiences in Rural Mental Health. III: Developing Citizen Participation.
Hollister, William G.; And Others
Based on a feasibility study (1967-73) which focused on development of a pattern for providing comprehensive mental health services to rural people, this guide deals with promotion of citizen participation. Describing both program successes and failures, this booklet presents the major communication bridges employed by the mental health programs developed in Vance and Franklin counties. Major components in the citizen participation program are identified as utilization of: (1) neighborhood advisory councils to provide citizen participation in program planning (needs assessment, local solutions, etc); (2) county-wide advisory councils to promote citizen program monitoring; (3) contacts with the County Commissioners to provide citizen control of program via placing project monies and project employees under commissioner control; (4) formalized visits and informal contacts with allied human service agencies and professionals to promote key professional citizen involvement; (5) joint project participation with special interest groups to promote program development roles; (6) planned visits to the formal network of community decision makers to promote key citizen involvement; (7) responsive contacts to patients or to citizen groups to promote familiarity; (8) volunteers as participating citizens to serve a variety of functions relative to their interests. (JC)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Citizen Participation, Clubs, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Leaders, Community Organizations, County Officials, Feasibility Studies, Mental Health Programs, Organizations (Groups), Program Guides, Public Agencies, Rural Population, State Agencies, Volunteers
William G. Hollister, M.D., Division of Community Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina ($1.50 each; $9.00 for set of 9 booklets; additional booklets $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Medicine.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina