ERIC Number: ED223393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-30
Mental Health for Native Americans: Program Development and Management.
Taylor, William J., Ed.
Current mental health services for Indian people living on and off the reservation are described for individuals interested in expanding or delivering mental health services to Indian people or in the state of the art. The conference held in July 1979 was established for the purpose of sharing information about successful mental health programs. The first group of programs described are mental health services which have established themselves in a Native American community by making contacts and proving their services reliable with an explanation of planning and development from a range of highly structured needs assessment of timely and spontaneous use of available resources. The second group of programs offer solutions to challenges by evaluating needs, identifying target populations and performing outreach as major elements of service delivery; using these approaches program staff can contract with tribal groups or other health service providers and provide backup to existing programs. Efforts discussed in the last group of programs are suggestions in dealing with prejudice and racism as one element of preventive mental health work and use of inservice training for staff and cultural activities for the community. Other topics summarized and briefly discussed are professionalism, cultural-racial issues, and conceptual orientation. (ERB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Northcentral Montana Community Mental Health Center, Great Falls.
Note: Proceedings of a conference held July 23-25, 1979, in Great Falls, MT.