A continuum of services for the deinstitutionalized, chronically mentally ill elderly
AuthorsFisher, William H.
Geller, Jeffrey L.
Pearsall, Doris T.
Simon, Lorna J.
Wirth-Cauchon, Janet L.
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Psychiatry
Document TypeJournal Article
KeywordsMental Health Services
Health Services for the Aged
Health Services Research
Mental and Social Health
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractUnder a 1978 federal court consent decree, Massachusetts developed a comprehensive system of community based residential and non-residential services to minimize the utilization of one of its state hospitals. This paper describes the service system and its impact on the use of the state hospital by the chronically mentally ill elderly. The findings show that the development of a continuum of services can all but eliminate the use of the state hospital by psychiogeriatric patients. The authors suggest consideration be given to many of the system's elements in planning future services for this population.
SourceAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Volume 18, Number 6, 397-410, DOI: 10.1007/BF00707313
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/45189
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