Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 205–216 | Cite as

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

  • Clara Collette Pratt
  • Alice J. Kethley


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.


Public Health Mental Health Health Psychology Health Program Community Mental Health 
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© Human Sciences Press 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Collette Pratt
    • 1
  • Alice J. Kethley
    • 2
  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallis
  2. 2.Institute on AgingUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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