Men in Diapers
Men in Diapers
A System in Shambles
This book offers five recommendations to fix America's broken mental health care system and transform it into an effective and innovative system of care for those with mental disorders. When implemented together, these recommendations are expected to result in improved mental health services that will enable persons with even the most serious mental illnesses to actually recover and regain their place in the home community—with real homes, fulfilling jobs, and deep relationships. These recommendations envision a mental health system of care that is results oriented, innovative, consumer friendly, well funded, and committed to change. This chapter provides an overview of the history of mental health treatment, a working definition of mental illness and serious mental illness, symptoms and treatment of serious mental illness, mental health care provided in psychiatric hospitals/facilities, and the importance of community resources in meeting less-severe mental health needs.
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