Screening for Island Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse: An interdisciplinary approach. A project by students of the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing and School of Medicine.
A project by students of the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing and School of Medicine
“It is becoming clearer and clearer that mental health agencies cannot directly and alone solve the mental health problems that confront a community, and that the mental health system is simply a part of the network of community agencies which overtly or covertly provide mental health services.”
Milton Mazer, People and Predicaments
Questions for Interviewees
◊ The island desperately needs more social workers, mental
health counselors and other professionals.
◊ The hospital needs detox programs and a crisis stabilization
unit as well as psychiatric support staff
◊ More support groups must be developed, including a Portuguese AA
◊ Non-English support groups and providers are in short supply,
especially those catering to the Portuguese-speaking
◊ Greater support for and understanding of the unique
needs of mental health and substance abuse populations
throughout the island community.
◊ Continually updated, detailed information on referral processes