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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: Since the passing of the Community Mental Health Act 50 years ago as part of President Kennedy's New Frontier, community mental health has made significant strides. In this book, the editors make clear that gone are the days of practitioners working alone while "doing to or doing for" patients to realize modest improvement. Today, rather, practitioners work collaboratively with each other while "working with" patients to achieve recovery. Patients are no longer seen as having little to offer; instead, they are seen as capable individuals who have much to contribute to society.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to describe a current model of community mental health practice. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on evidence-based data and best-practice methodologies.
Audience: It is intended for any practitioners who work in a community mental health setting.
Features: Composed of 37 chapters, the book is divided into four sections. Section 1 discusses the history of community mental health as well as its current challenges. Section 2 explores the core competencies necessary to practice in the community mental health setting. Section 3 focuses on best practices within the community mental health setting such as assertive community treatment teams, crisis intervention training, family psychoeducation, and supported housing. Section 4 describes leadership and management strategies. Each chapter ends with a list of references. Figures, tables, and case examples appear throughout the book.
Assessment: Community mental health has come a long way over the past five decades, yet there is still a long way to go in order to achieve recovery in the majority of patients. By providing readers with a roadmap that focuses on evidence-based data and best-practice methodologies, the future of community mental health is more promising than ever.