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AuthorNaparstek, Arthur J. author
TitleNeighborhood Networks for Humane Mental Health Care [electronic resource] / by Arthur J. Naparstek, David E. Biegel, Herzl R. Spiro
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1982
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Descript 238 p. online resource


It is hard to think of a more timely and topical major contribution than Drs. Naparstek, Biegel, Spiro, and collaborators have provided in this volume. Their penetrating, comprehensive study and field tests give us mapping toward the goal of reifying the concept of "community" as applied to human services. The book will prove invaluable to those at the policy level-legislators, planners, and administrators. It will serve as an essential reference for community workers-professional providยญ ers, natural helpers, and citizens as a whole. A salient ideal of New Federalism-placing governance as close to the people as practicable-seems a prophetic match with the model of Neighborhood Empowerment. As the authors point out, conventional wisdom has seemed to offer government regulation, control, and proยญ gram evaluation as a panacea package for improving human services. This work suggests a radically different approach; specifically, a shift to greater instrumental involvement of the richly variegated mosaic of American neighborhoods, combined with a system of excellent, high technology service agencies. Certainly, genuine efforts have been made before toward a true linkage of the community with human services. The Great Society proยญ grams, with their emphasis on citizen involvement and "maximum feaยญ sible participation" established the foundation for legitimate citizen/ consumer linkage with the program process. Yet, in so many instances, the results fell far short of expectations


One -- 1 In Search of a Human Scale -- 2 The Need for a Micromodel -- 3 Alienation and Community: People, Policy, and Power -- 4 Cycles and Circles: An Overview of Federal Policies in Mental Health and Human Services -- 5 Achieving Human Scale: A Policy Framework for Building Partnerships -- Two -- 6 Preliminary Assumptions and Principles -- 7 The Model: A Community Mental Health Empowerment Model -- 8 First Stages: Methodology, Organization, and Evaluative Data Prior to Empowerment -- 9 The Model in Action โ{128}{148} Baltimore -- 10 The Model in Actionโ{128}{148}Providence and Milwaukee -- 11 Advantages of a Neighborhood Support Systems Approach -- 12 Issues and Limitations -- 13 A Direction for the Next Decade -- Appendix: Survey Instrumentโ{128}{148}Community Leader and Helper Survey -- References

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