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A self-survey was undertaken among 512 members of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill (CAMI), a statewide family support organization. The typical CAMI member is the parent of a mentally disabled son or daughter who has been ill for an average of 13 years with multiple hospitalizations and therapists. The employment record of the disabled(More)
Family groups are becoming increasingly active in providing support to family members and in mental health advocacy. The authors report the results of a survey that assessed the concerns of members of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the treatment history of disabled family members. The 199 respondents were typically the parents of a(More)
The family consumer movement arose as a response to deinstitutionalization and the removal of stigma from parents of mental health clients. In many states the families are a dynamic force in mental health policymaking. If mental health professionals are to collaborate in support and advocacy programs, they should be aware of the origins and goals of the(More)
The housing committee of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill, an organization of parents of mentally ill adults, surveyed 350 members on the housing needs of their sons and daughters. The parents reported that their offspring had a high degree of residential instability, and parents expressed the need for wider choices in housing options and more(More)
Surprisingly little is known about the way people use space. Social scientists in the field of human ecology have been concerned primarily with the distribution of such things as social classes, economic institutions, and mental illness. An almost unexplored area is microecology or the way that people in pairs or small groups arrange themselves. In the(More)