A national survey of state mental health authority programs and policies for clients who are parents: a decade later
  • Kathleen Biebel , University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joanne Nicholson , University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jeffrey L. Geller , University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • William H. Fisher , University of Massachusetts Medical School
Article
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Clinical and Population Health Research; Center for Mental Health Services Research
Date
6-15-2006
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Child; Female; Follow-Up Studies; *Health Policy; *Health Surveys; Humans; Male; *Mental Health; *Parent-Child Relations; Parents; United States
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Abstract

This study presents a survey of State Mental Health Authorities' (SMHA) programs and policies addressing the needs of adult clients in their role as parent. Six program and policy areas (parent status identification, parent-focused residential programs, parent functioning assessment, outpatient services for parents, policies for hospitalized parents, and policies for hospitalized pregnant women) are examined. Results of the most recent 1999 survey are compared with results from a similar 1990 survey. This comparison reveals that the majority of SMHAs continue to overlook adult clients in their parenting role, and few SMHA programs and policies address issues of parenting.

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Citation: Psychiatr Q. 2006 Summer;77(2):119-28. Link to article on publisher's site
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Citation Information
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Jeffrey L. Geller and William H. Fisher. "A national survey of state mental health authority programs and policies for clients who are parents: a decade later" Vol. 77 Iss. 2
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joanne_nicholson/1/