I.Structure of the Mental Health Systema.Place of treatmenti.Mental hospitals – care for those who can’t care for themselves. Brief 2-4 weeks hospitalizations for acute psychotic episodes.ii.General hospitals – most psychiatric inpatient stays. Sometimes in a special psychiatric ward.iii.Nursing homes – older chronic mental patients. Quality of living conditions varies. Few, if any, special treatment personnel.iv.Halfway homes – provides transition to general community. May help seek employment & place to live.v.Community mental health centers – free or low-cost services. Activities aimed at preventing psychological problems where possible.vi.Clinicians’ private offices – preferred by those who can afford them.b.Providers of treatmenti.Psychiatrists – M.D. with psychiatry training & residency. Can work in any setting, but most choose hospitals or private practice. Can prescribe drugs.
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