ERIC Number: ED170419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Trying to Make it Real: Issues and Concerns in the Provision of Services for Minorities.
Christmas, June Jackson
After asserting that minorities do not have the health resources available to them in quantity or quality as do members of the dominant society, this paper describes and discusses six features which should characterize appropriate mental hygiene services for minorities: (1) cultural relevance; (2) a holistic orientation; (3) an organizational structure that supports coordination; (4) priority attention to certain target groups; (5) the use of community support systems; and (6) minority involvement in decision-making, accountability, and quality assurance. Recommendations for improving the effectiveness and availability of human services for minorities and for increasing minority participation in service systems are made for each of the areas discussed. Recommendations are also made for the establishment of a sound financial base by Federal, State and local governments in order to make significant reform possible. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, NY.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document ; Paper presented at the National Conference on Minority Group Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Issues (Denver, Colorado, May 22-24, 1978)