The Board of Directors: A Microcosm of the Therapeutic Community
Traditionally the role of the Board of Directors in agencies providing human services is that of “rubber stamping” the policies and action set forth by the directors of agencies. The prime concern is often in the fiscal stability and is usually not directed in depth to the day to day operation of the agencies. If the drug problem is a common concern of our society, then the Board of Directors involved in the drug program should be the microcosm of this concerned society. The objectives and goals for the drug addicted that the conventional society desires can be theoretically implemented by the “therapeutic” Board of Directors through the action of the program staff. The current status of the drug treatment program is still in a nebulous state searching for effective modalities in terms of who, what and how to achieve the goals. The literature is mostly oriented in psychology, sociology, criminology, medicine and training programs, etc. There is hardly, if any, reporting regarding the effective usage of the Board of Directors as a necessary component of a total therapeutic operation. Since the Board of Directors closely represents the concerned community, the acceptance or rejection of a drug program in a community depends significantly on the degree of participation of the Board of Directors in the program. The present paper presents a unique attempt in this direction that has taken place in Albany, New York.
KeywordsBoard Member Drug Problem Therapeutic Community Drug Treatment Program Concerned Community
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