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William W. Eaton and M. Daniele Fallin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190916602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190916602.001.0001

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Community and Public Mental Health Services in the United States

Community and Public Mental Health Services in the United States

History and Programs

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Public Mental Health

Anita Everett

Su Yeon Lee-Tauler

Tanner Bommersbach

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the history and current status of community behavioral health organizations (CBHOs) in the United States. The vast majority of individuals receiving behavioral health care today are served by outpatient community settings, with only a small proportion receiving care in inpatient facilities. This chapter provides an understanding of the vital role CBHOs play in providing both therapeutic and rehabilitative services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. It outlines the origins of CBHOs within the publicly funded health care system in the United States, provides examples of available programs and services, and delineates the range of challenges faced by contemporary CBHOs as they strive to meet the needs of people with serious mental illnesses.

Keywords:   asylum, Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963, community behavioral health organization, community, support tool, change agent, recovery era

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