Managing Madness in the Community
The Challenge of Contemporary Mental Health Care
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Rutgers University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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The roots of this project can be traced to my time as a social worker. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I worked in child welfare in a state that was participating in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family initiative. The initiative held as its goal to build a “family-centered, neighborhood-based” child...
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Jabar Jones was pretty content with life at Suburban, a multiservice mental health care organization outside a midwestern US city. With an official diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, he had spent the previous three decades involved with the mental health system in one form or another, including more than...
2. Logic and Constraint
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Four institutional logics were dominant organizing features of day-to- day life in the mental health system in which Urban and Suburban operated, shaping how workers interpreted situations and what they did in them. However, the meanings and behavioral imperatives of the logics did not always line up. Each...
3. Diagnosis, Labeling, and Social Control
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Though you would never know it by interacting with him, Frankie Young has been involved with the mental health system on and off for decades. In fact, he met his now-deceased wife of twenty-five years through this involvement—they met when they were both residents in a “halfway house” for people with...
4. Empowerment Practice, Practical Empowerment
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The two vignettes above highlight how client preferences were key concerns in the work staff members at Urban and Suburban did with clients. They also illustrate that other forces shaped how workers attended to those client preferences. In this chapter, we focus on two components of the empowerment...
5. The Realities of Community Integration
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Unlike state mental hospitals, community mental health care organizations have semi-permeable boundaries with the communities that surround them. Though confidentiality regulations assured that not just anyone could enter Urban or Suburban, clients could and did spend time in the surrounding community...
6. The Right Person for the Job
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Two short months into his tenure as an employee in the day program at Urban, Emmanuel Short had already dealt with a number of incidents that even a veteran worker would find notable. He had broken up a fight between two clients, actually grabbing a chair out of the hands of a client who was the size of an...
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A patient or worker entrenched in the mental health system of the early twentieth century would be astounded by what they would find in today’s system. Instead of a field dominated by state hospitals, they would find hospitals an increasingly small component of the mental health care sector. Instead, with...
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About the Author, Series Page
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Page Count: 190
Illustrations: 4 tables
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine