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Anticipated and actual barriers to developing community mental health programs for the elderly

Abstract

Teams of state and local agency professionals responsible for mental health and aging services participated in a model project utilizing education and consultation to facilitate community mental health programming for the elderly. Participants identified both anticipated and actual barriers to programming. Competing program priorities and lack of staff knowledge about mental health and aging were anticipated and confirmed as major barriers. Agency-organizational barriers were unanticipated, yet there were severe problems in cooperative interagency programming.

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This research was conducted as part of a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH-MT 76-0061. Dr. Carl Eisdorfer, Principal Investigator, is gratefully acknowledged for his review of earlier versions of this manuscript.

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Pratt, C.C., Kethley, A.J. Anticipated and actual barriers to developing community mental health programs for the elderly. Community Ment Health J 16, 205–216 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00835725

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Program
  • Community Mental Health