Immediate family crisis intervention as preventive mental health: The family consultant service

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Abstract

The service employs mental health personnel who work closely with the police in order to respond immediately to family-related crises. This paper reports a preliminary evaluation of the program with respect to 5 issues: (a) whether the program is redundant with existing community services, (b) the advantages of early intervention approaches, (c) whether the program is a preventative service to any degree, (d) the evaluation of the program by the police and social agencies, and (e) whether cooperation between mental health and law enforcement professionals is enhanced. Available data collected over a 2-yr period concerning these 5 issues indicated the success of the program. It is concluded that it can serve as a model for community prevention approaches to family crises and mental health problems. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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