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A Rural Mental Health Delivery System
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The Four Corners Community Mental Health Center, located in southeastern Utah, was established in March 1972 to begin the difficult task of bringing compre hensive community mental health services to a vast, sparsely populated multiethnic region whose residents had no previous experience with mental health programs. The staff, facing obstacles such as long distances between patients' homes, cultural barriers, and a mistrust of mental health programs, set up a diverse delivery system using two central offices, nine satellite clinics, and a psychiatric wing at a general hospital in Price. Iii 197ı3 the center appliedfor and received a construction grant to build a five-bed psychiatric wing at tile hospital. Outreach workers and indigenous volunteers help bridge the cultural barriers and take the services to the people.

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