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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John S. Lyons, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book offers a consumer-based approach to planning and implementing community support services for persons with psychiatric disabilities. The focus of services is on achieving independent living and full employment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide specific strategies, based on an approach evolved from community integration philosophy and the consumer empowerment movement. Therefore, in addition to planning approaches, a significant portion of the book is dedicated to breaking down stigmas and myths regarding persons with psychiatric disabilities.
Audience: The primary audience consists of mental health professionals engaged in planning, administering, or researching community-based mental health services. A secondary audience for this book is all mental health professionals who provide services for persons with severe and/or persistent mental illness.
Features: The book uses frequent quotations from persons with psychiatric disabilities to maintain their voice throughout. This feature is consistent with the empowerment theme of the book and helps it achieve this aim.
Assessment: This is a potentially important book that describes specific strategies toward the goals of community integration and empowerment for persons with psychiatric disabilities. It is important reading for anyone engaged in community mental health.