A continuum of services for the deinstitutionalized, chronically mentally ill elderly
Department of Psychiatry
Mental Health Services; Health Services for the Aged; Aged
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Under a 1978 federal court consent decree, Massachusetts developed a comprehensive system of community based residential and non-residential services to minimize the utilization of one of its state hospitals. This paper describes the service system and its impact on the use of the state hospital by the chronically mentally ill elderly. The findings show that the development of a continuum of services can all but eliminate the use of the state hospital by psychiogeriatric patients. The authors suggest consideration be given to many of the system's elements in planning future services for this population.
DOI of Published Version
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Volume 18, Number 6, 397-410, DOI: 10.1007/BF00707313
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Fisher, William H.; Geller, Jeffrey L.; Pearsall, Doris T.; Simon, Lorna J.; and Wirth-Cauchon, Janet L., "A continuum of services for the deinstitutionalized, chronically mentally ill elderly" (1991). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 292.