Matching service development to mental health needs: a case study of a rural county

Ring, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1859-8472, Cambridge, P. and Carpenter, J., 1998. Matching service development to mental health needs: a case study of a rural county. Research, Policy, and Planning, 16 (1), pp. 10-19.

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The development of Somerset's mental health services from 1991 to 1996 involved the closure of the county's last long-stay hospital, and its replacement by more local in-patient provision and an expansion of community services. The process and outcome of this change is examined, drawing upon (a) an externally-commissioned evaluation in 1994-6 and (b) a comprehensive mental health needs assessment in 1996. The findings from these studies indicate that the development of accommodation for people with severe and long-term mental health problems has been dominated by the needs of long-stay residents in the old institutions. This led initially to geographical inequities and a shortage of supported accommodation for others with severe and enduring mental health problems. However, developments during this period also suggest a local capacity to detect and respond to unmet needs in this group.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Research, Policy, and Planning
Creators: Ring, C., Cambridge, P. and Carpenter, J.
Date: 1998
Volume: 16
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:42

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