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Healing the Broken MindTransforming America's Failed Mental Health System$
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Timothy A. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748121

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748121.001.0001

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Men in Diapers

Men in Diapers

A System in Shambles

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Men in Diapers
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Healing the Broken Mind
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Timothy A. Kelly

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748121.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   mental health care, mental illness, mental health treatment, serious mental illness, psychiatric hospitals, community resources, mental health, mental disorders, mental health services

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