Psychiatric Home Visiting Services

  • Steven E. Samuel
  • Iris Lee Bagwell
  • James P. Jones
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


To reduce the need for in-hospital care, psychiatric home treatment services were first promoted in Amsterdam in the 1930s. Emergency personnel, organized into multidisciplinary teams, made on-site visits to patients in crisis. These teams conducted brief emergency evaluations to determine whether or not continued home treatment—with medication and also with some counseling—could prevent hospitalization. These early services successfully minimized hospitalizations and demonstrated their utility as emergency care services in their own right. Today, home visiting is an integral part of the community mental health network, extending psychiatric care to those who either cannot or will not use established hospital or office-based services.


Mental Health System Psychiatric Care Emergency Team Emergency Personnel Hosp Community Psychiatry 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven E. Samuel
    • 1
  • Iris Lee Bagwell
    • 1
  • James P. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.West-Ros-Park Mental Health CenterRoslindaleUSA

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