TITLE

CHRONIC MENTAL ILLNESS

AUTHOR(S)
Leukefeld, Carl G.
PUB. DATE
February 1991
SOURCE
Health & Social Work;Feb1991, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the issue of mental health illness in the U.S. Chronically mentally ill people have become more visible to the general public since the nation's deinstitutionalization policy began in the 1970s. During this era came recognition and plans for what has been called the bold new approach to mental health services-the passage of the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Center Construction Act of 1963 and its later amendments. Chronically mentally ill people are difficult to treat. For many, the primary exposure to chronically mentally ill people is the homeless people frequently encountered in larger cities. These people have been called uninstitutionalized. Many psychiatric patients abuse alcohol and drugs. They have been dually diagnosed as haying contorbidity or co-occurrence of a psychiatric disorder and drug abuse. Chronically psychotic patients who are young adults represent a special group using alcohol and other drugs. Social workers provide clinical services to the chronically mentally ill population in both public and private settings.
ACCESSION #
9602221908

 

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