Community support for the long-term mentally ill

Soc Work Health Care. 1992;16(4):37-53. doi: 10.1300/J010v16n04_03.


In attempting to meet the needs of the long term mentally ill, community support programs are often hampered by social, political and economic barriers, especially the lack of community support. This article describes the development of one community support program and the strategies used to deal with these obstacles. Through empowerment, education, community involvement and avoidance of duplication, the community has become a willing and active participant in the program, and the program has become an integral part of the community.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Community Mental Health Services / trends*
  • Deinstitutionalization / trends*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / trends
  • Rural Health / trends*
  • Social Support*
  • Social Work, Psychiatric / trends