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A continuum of services for the deinstitutionalized, chronically mentally ill elderly
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • William H. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jeffrey L. Geller, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Doris T. Pearsall, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Lorna J. Simon, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Janet L. Wirth-Cauchon, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
7-1-1991
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Mental Health Services; Health Services for the Aged; Aged
Abstract
Under a 1978 federal court consent decree, Massachusetts developed a comprehensive system of community based residential and non-residential services to minimize the utilization of one of its state hospitals. This paper describes the service system and its impact on the use of the state hospital by the chronically mentally ill elderly. The findings show that the development of a continuum of services can all but eliminate the use of the state hospital by psychiogeriatric patients. The authors suggest consideration be given to many of the system's elements in planning future services for this population.
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Citation: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Volume 18, Number 6, 397-410, DOI: 10.1007/BF00707313
Citation Information
William H. Fisher, Jeffrey L. Geller, Doris T. Pearsall, Lorna J. Simon, et al.. "A continuum of services for the deinstitutionalized, chronically mentally ill elderly" Vol. 18 Iss. 6 (1991)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_h_fisher/78/