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May 1969

The Politics of Mental Health: Organizing Community Mental Health in Metropolitan Areas.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(5):611-612. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740170115021

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As all levels of government increasingly participate in public mental health programs, the political framework in which these programs must operate is important to know. This volume by Robert H. Connery and contributors is the first to try and examine this dimension of mental health programming. The study itself, which grew out of the work of the National Institute for Mental Health's Committee on Social and Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health, correctly addresses itself to the problem of such program development in urban metropolitan areas. One aspect of Urban America is governmental fragmentation (eg, in 75 standard metropolitan statistical areas of 300,000 population, there are 12,287 governmental bodies), and it is this reality and its effect on the development of popular support, the generation of funds, the recruitment of personnel, and their training for new mental health programs that Professor Connery and his contributors examine. The examination is

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