Measuring Community Preferences for Public Mental Health Services: Pilot Test of a Mail Survey Method
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This study tested the feasibility of a simple mail survey approach to measuring community preferences for mental health services. A 38 item survey detected statistically significant differences in preferences for four central goals, finding that community members most value Focus on the Severely Mentally III, followed by Community Safety and Environment, Service Quality and Original Community Mental Health Goals. Some procedural problems were encountered that reduced the response rates, however, the study yielded information that suggests improved procedures for future surveys. Simple mail surveys appear to offer a potentially affordable, efficient way to assess community service priorities.
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- Measuring Community Preferences for Public Mental Health Services: Pilot Test of a Mail Survey Method
Community Mental Health Journal
Volume 40, Issue 4 , pp 281-295
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- Community Mental Health services
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; e-mail:
- 2. Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
- 3. Associate Director for Quality Management, Department of Public Health, Division of Mental Health Services, City and County of San Francisco
- 4. Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco