May 1966

Combining Crisis Therapy and Mental Health Consultation

Author Affiliations

From Community Mental Health Services, Santa Barbara, Calif, and the University of Southern California, School of Medicine (Dr. Karp); and Community Mental Health Services and the Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif (Mr. Karls)

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(5):536-542. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730110088013

WITH THE passage of the "Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963," there has been a tremendous stimulus to the development of new community mental health centers throughout the country and, as Caplan points out in Principles of Preventive Psychiatry1:

It is safe to predict that a substantial increase in the number of planned community programs and of the budgetary resources to energize them will mean not only that a new group of community psychiatrists will be added to the ranks of the professions, but also that a considerable portion of the time and energy of those psychiatrists who are currently treating patients along traditional lines in private offices and in clinics will in the future be devoted to community practice.

Due to the stimulus for the development of community clinics, there has been increasing interest throughout the country in the use of "crisis-oriented"

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