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Involving Community Representatives in CMHC Evaluation and Research
Gerald Landsberg; Roni Hammer
Psychiatric Services 1978; doi:
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4802 10th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219

Program Analysis and Evaluation Section Maimonides Community Mental Health Center Brooklyn, New York

American Psychiatric Association

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The participation of community representatives and consumers of services in agency planning has been mandated by legislation and the subsequent regulations. However, the representatives' lack of technical knowledge and sophistication frequently makes them unequal participants in the decision-making process. To help increase such sophistication, the program analysis and evaluation section of a large community mental health center has involved or assisted patient and community volunteers in various evaluation and research projects; they include a survey of area housing conditions, a survey of the needs of former inpatients, an evaluation of programs operated by a coalition of community groups, and a community resource listing.

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