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During the past 15 years, there has been tremendous growth in the number of self-help groups and agencies for mental health clients. This article examines the self-help perspective in relation to problems with traditional mental health services and the need for client-run services. Self-help agencies see their goal as empowerment on an individual,(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the characteristics of long-term members of self-help agencies managed and staffed by mental health clients, why they sought help from the agencies, and how they differed from clients of community mental health agencies. METHODS A survey and assessment instruments were used to obtain information on the service utilization of(More)
In recent years, hospitals across the nation have experienced a significant and growing number of patients with mental and substance use illnesses presenting in their emergency departments (EDs). This recent upsurge can be attributed to several factors, including the loss of acute hospital psychiatric capacity in both the public and private sectors; lack of(More)
We look at the effects of psychological disability on social networks and support of homeless and non-homeless individuals. We analyze a survey of 310 long-term users of client-run mental health agencies. Psychological disability is negatively associated with network characteristics for housed individuals, but not for the homeless. There is a positive(More)
The authors originally circulated the concepts in this proposal during May 1995. The purpose was to support an open, public dialogue regarding the restructuring of the mental health and substance abuse services in Illinois in anticipation of Medicaid funding changes. Restructuring mental health and substance abuse service systems should follow certain key(More)
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