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The Greater Vancouver Mental Health Service Society: 20 years' experience in urban community mental health.

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Source
Can J Psychiatry. 1993 Jun;38(5):308-14
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-1993
Author
N. Sladen-Dew
D A Bigelow
R. Buckley
S. Bornemann
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Source
Can J Psychiatry. 1993 Jun;38(5):308-14
Date
Jun-1993
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Aged
British Columbia
Child
Child Health Services - trends
Community Mental Health Services - trends
Deinstitutionalization - trends
Family Therapy - trends
Forecasting
Health Services for the Aged - trends
Humans
Mental Disorders - psychology - rehabilitation
Patient Care Team - trends
Social Adjustment
Societies, Medical - trends
Urban Health - trends
Abstract
Caring for people in the community with persistent and disabling mental illnesses presents a major challenge to government, planners and mental health professionals. The success with which mentally disabled people are integrated into community life says much about the society in which we live. This article describes the experience of the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Service Society in offering community-based mental health services to persons with schizophrenia and other major mental disorders over the past 20 years. The key to its success lies in a decentralized, relatively non hierarchical organizational structure which allows committed and skilled multidisciplinary teams to work with patients and their families in their community. The resulting services are fully integrated within the fabric of the community and are responsive to local needs. Partnerships among professionals, patients, families and community agencies result in work that is creative, productive and effective.
PubMed ID
8348468 View in PubMed
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