A continuum of mental health care for children and adolescents

Robert (Bob) McKelvey

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Abstract

As an alternative to the confusing patchwork that often characterizes child and adolescent mental health care, the mental health program of a children's social welfare agency offers a continuum of inpatient and outpatient services on one campus. The program operates a 36-bed psychiatric hospital, a 38-bed residential treatment program, a partial hospital for ten children and adolescents, and a large outpatient service, and it can draw on the agency's foster care, emergency shelter, and home-based therapy services. Treatment in all the services is provided by multidisciplinary treatment teams, which have primary responsibility for coordinating a patient's transfer with other elements of the continuum and for initiating a patient's discharge. A case study illustrates some of the practical considerations that influence treatment decisions in the continuum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)870-873
Number of pages4
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Volume39
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Health
Delivery of Health Care
Ambulatory Care
Emergency Shelter
Residential Treatment
Patient Transfer
Patient Discharge
Social Welfare
Psychiatric Hospitals
Therapeutics
Home Care Services
Inpatients

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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A continuum of mental health care for children and adolescents. / McKelvey, Robert (Bob).

In: Hospital and Community Psychiatry, Vol. 39, No. 8, 1988, p. 870-873.

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McKelvey, Robert (Bob). / A continuum of mental health care for children and adolescents. In: Hospital and Community Psychiatry. 1988 ; Vol. 39, No. 8. pp. 870-873.
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