A Broader Perspective

Applying Modern Mental-Retardation Service-System Principles to All Chronically Disabled Persons
  • Frank J. Menolascino


This concluding chapter considers the broader applications of some of the diagnostic, treatment, research, and service innovations discussed in this book. Specifically, it addresses the challenge of attempting to transpose the modern mental-retardation systems model so as to directly serve chronically mentally ill citizens. The achievements of mental retardation professionals in the last 20 years have been of great importance in demonstrating effective programs and systems for helping chronically disabled persons who had previously been deemed beyond help. It is time to attempt to apply these innovations on a broader scale to meet the needs of other devalued individuals, who, although they are not mentally retarded, could well be served by programs and services previously thought applicable only to the retarded. Of specific concern are the chronically mentally ill and the “at-risk” elderly; it is obvious that, as human service professionals, we must hasten the development of more effective systems of care for promoting the healthy adaptation and societal integration of these individuals.


Mental Retardation Mental Health System Group Home Disable Person Chronic Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank J. Menolascino
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Nebraska Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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