Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 119–128

A NATIONAL SURVEY OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY PROGRAMS AND POLICIES FOR CLIENTS WHO ARE PARENTS: A DECADE LATER

Authors

    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    • Center for Mental Health Services Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joanne Nicholson
    • Department of Psychiatry and Family MedicineUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jeffrey Geller
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
  • William Fisher
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11126-006-9001-3

Cite this article as:
Biebel, K., Nicholson, J., Geller, J. et al. Psychiatr Q (2006) 77: 119. doi:10.1007/s11126-006-9001-3

This study presents a survey of State Mental Health Authorities’ (SMHA) programs and policies addressing the needs of adult clients in their role as parent. Six program and policy areas (parent status identification, parent-focused residential programs, parent functioning assessment, outpatient services for parents, policies for hospitalized parents, and policies for hospitalized pregnant women) are examined. Results of the most recent 1999 survey are compared with results from a similar 1990 survey. This comparison reveals that the majority of SMHAs continue to overlook adult clients in their parenting role, and few SMHA programs and policies address issues of parenting.

Key Words

state mental health authority parents mental health policy

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006