The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 388–396

Parents with severe mental illness and their children: The need for human services integration

  • Andrea K. Blanch
  • Joanne Nicholson
  • James Purcell

DOI: 10.1007/BF02521357

Cite this article as:
Blanch, A.K., Nicholson, J. & Purcell, J. The Journal of Mental Health Administration (1994) 21: 388. doi:10.1007/BF02521357


This article presents the findings and recommendations of a statewide interagency task force on parents with mental illness who have young children. Based on testimony from consumers, providers, and advocates, the task force concluded that this is a substantial and neglected public policy issue requiring an intergovernmental, services integration approach. Recommendations were made in the areas of services, policies and procedures, and service coordination.

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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea K. Blanch
    • 1
  • Joanne Nicholson
    • 2
  • James Purcell
    • 3
  1. 1.Community Support ProgramsNew York State Office of Mental HealthAlbany
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMassachusettsUSA
  3. 3.Division of Family and Children ServicesDepartment of Social