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ERIC Number: ED173464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Summary: Report to President's Commission on Mental Health from the Special Populations Subtask Panel; Mental Health of Hispanic Americans; Recommendations to the Commission.
Carrillo, Carmen
The issue of the delivery of mental health services to Hispanic Americans is discussed in this report to the President's Commission on Mental Health. Hispanics, who will be the largest minority group in the United States within the next 25 years, do not make use of sufficient existing health services. They have a need for alternative services which are adapted to their cultural heritage. Urban Hispanics are a high risk population with respect to mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Rural Hispanics and migrant workers have problems stemming from their isolation, their mobility, and the reluctance of traditional agencies to provide them with services. In addition to being served inadequately as patients, Hispanics are also underrepresented as professional workers in the mental health field. This condition persists despite the affirmative action efforts of recent years. In order to develop the human resources necessary for the delivery of culturally relevant mental health services to Hispanic Americans, 24 recommendations are suggested. The increased participation of Hispanic peoples in the shaping of their own destiny should be the single most important element of any national policy designed to improve their physical and mental health status. (RLV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A