Community Mental Health Centers: Zits and All

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 90–91. Reviews the book, Who Plays? Who Pays? Who Cares?: A Case Study in Applied Sociology, Political Economy and the Community Mental Health Centers Movement by Sylvia Kenig (1992). As policymakers, administrators, and service providers struggle with the place of mental health in the developing national health-care system, Kenig presents a fresh view of the community mental health centers (CMHC) movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her intent is to “demonstrate through one case study, that the applications of the intellectual products of social scientists are influenced by the political economic context in which those products are applied.” Her accomplishment is to understand the CMHC movement from the theoretical perspectives of political, economic, and applied sociological thought. In that understanding may he an important message for those who seek to make certain that mental health services are a part of the development of a health-care system in the United States. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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