How have recent national legislation or policy efforts helped or hurt the battle against the stigmas of mental illness and substance abuse?

The stigmas of mental illness and substance abuse

The stigmas associated with mental illness and substance abuse have created a barrier which prevents many people from receiving services.

  • How have recent national legislation or policy efforts helped or hurt the battle against these stigmas?
  • What can be done in the future from a national policy perspective to reduce these stigmas?
  • As a human services provider what could you do to ensure people needing services for mental illness and substance abuse had access to these services?
  • What unique needs do you believe these clients would have that you would consider as you plan services for them?

Resources

Required Text

Herzberg, J. T. (2015). Foundations in human services practice: A generalist perspective on individual, agency, and community. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. ISBN: 9780205858255; eISBN: 9780205982233
Chapter 1: Case Management Theories

Karger, H. J. & Stoesz , D. (2018). American social welfare policy: A pluralist approach (8th ed). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. ISBN: 9780134628127; eISBN: 9780134543468
Chapter 13: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy

Recommended References

de Vet, R., van Luijtelaar, M. A., Brilleslijper-Kater, S. N., Vanderplasschen, W., Beijersbergen, M. D., & Wolf, J. M. (2013). Effectiveness of case management for homeless persons: A systematic review. American Journal Of Public Health, 103(10), e13-e26. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301491

Friedman, M. B. (2015). The complexity of American Mental Health Policy: Implications for systems improvement.American Journal of Medical Research, 2(2), 170-181.

Health risks to the world’s young [Video file]. (2011). Retrieved April 15, 2017, from http://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=105281&xtid=47483 (Links to an external site.)

Hwang, S. W., & Burns, T. (2014). Health interventions for people who are homeless. The Lancet, 384(9953), 1541-7. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61133-8      Hwang, S. W., & Burns, T. (2014). Health interventions for people who are homeless. The Lancet, 384(9953), 1541-7. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61133-8

Mental Health America. (n.d.). Homepage. Retrieved from www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectID=C3162C54-1372-4D20-C8E62AB28BB3FF5B (Links to an external site.)

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