ERIC Number: ED264358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Minority Administrators in Community Mental Health Centers.
Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Mental Health Research and Development Center.
The purpose of this study was to provide an overview of the problems confronting minority administrators of mental health agencies. Twenty-five minority directors of Community Mental Health Centers were given questionnaires asking for information about their backgrounds and the design, structure, and operation of their respective mental health centers. The major findings concerning the administrators were that the group was 88% male, 50% held masters degrees, and more that 37% had social work backgrounds. Concerning the agencies, it was found that most of them had a flexible service philosophy, that their future orientations were characterized by stress and scarce resources, and that the adequacy of the agencies was affected by lack of funding and the need for management and staff development. The directors were found to value the need for sensitivity to socio-cultural and political awareness among their treatment personnel. The centers were found to need special personnel, political support, adequate public transportation, and bilingual programs. The major community priority seen was a need for services for children and adolescents and community outreach programs. The resources needed by the agencies included staff development and technical assistance in the areas of finance, research, and grantsmanship. The study includes recommendations addressing the problems experienced by these agencies. The study questionnaire is appended. (CG)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Role, Administrators, Community Services, Mental Health Programs, Minority Groups, Social Services
Mental Health Research and Development Center, Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Mental Health Research and Development Center.