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Survival Strategies for Community Mental Health Services in the 1980s
Herbert Pardes; James W. Stockdill
Psychiatric Services 1984; doi:
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National Institute of Mental Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

NIMH Office of State and Community Liaison

1984 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Widespread reduction of financia! resources has created a growing concern about the survival of community mental health services and their inherent concepts and ideals. To survive and, in some ways, grow, community mental health centers have used strategies such as incorporation, alternative services, innovative funding, and political activities. The authors discuss strategies that focus on the program management aspects ofmental health. They theorize that : fCMHCs can employ business techniques but retain the values of community mental health, a more efficient, yet still highly principled, system of mental health services can resuIt.

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