Citizenship & Mental Health

ISBN : 9780199355389

Michael Rowe
272 Pages
166 x 241 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
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More than 50 years ago, President Kennedy gave an address to Congress that launched the community mental health movement in the U.S. This movement involved a vast and complex effort to replace the wholesale institutionalization of people with serious mental illnesses with community mental health centers, public education on mental illness, and prevention efforts. The mission and main thrust of this new movement, however, were quite simple: we would provide effective mental health treatment to people in their home communities and provide the conditions for them to have 'a life in the community.' Starting in the 1990s with Jim, a person who was homeless and initially refused help from outreach workers, Citizenship & Mental Health tells a 20-year story of practice, theory, and research to support the full participation of persons with mental illnesses who, in many cases, have also been homeless, have criminal charges in their past, and are poor. As the first of its kind, this book addresses the concept of citizenship as an applied theory for fulfilling the promise of the community mental health center movement. Citizenship is defined as a strong connection to the 5 R's of rights, responsibilities, roles, resources, and relationships that society offers to its members, and a sense of belonging that comes from others' recognition of one's valued membership in society. The citizenship model supports the strengths, hopes, and aspirations of people with mental illnesses to become neighbors, community members, and citizens.


Introduction: Citizenship Roots in Outreach Work
Citizenship and Community Organizing: Citizens
Citizenship and Individuals: The Citizens Project, Early
Citizenship and Individuals: The Citizens Project, Ongoing
Going to the Source: Citizenship Measure Development and Validation
Taking Citizenship to Scale: The Citizens Collaborative I
Taking Citizenship to Scale: The Citizens Collaborative II
Taking Citizenship to Scale: The Citizens Collaborative III
A Model of Citizenship and Mental Health
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About the author: 

Michael Rowe, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. After a dual career in human services and as a writer, he completed a Ph.D. in sociology and conducted groundbreaking research on mental health outreach to people who are homeless. This work led directly to his twenty-year work on citizenship and mental health, and this book.

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