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August 1971

The Evolution of Mental Health Treatment Programs: A Case Example

Author Affiliations

Stanford, Calif
From the Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Fox is currently with the US Office of Program Evaluation, Office of Management and Budget.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(2):118-122. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750140022005

Processes of mental health program implementation and evolution are presented, stressing deliberate techniques used to facilitate desired changes. A program with a benign authoritarian structure interacted with a participant active program with favorable changes in each. Planning and action groups considered not only the programs wishing to change, but also their subcomponents, community relationships, and aspects of their surrounding organizations.

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