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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2010): Mental health services - overseas

Child psychiatry in the Finnish health care reform: national criteria for treatment access

P. Kaukonen and others

Health Policy, vol. 96, 2010, p. 20-27

The Finnish National Health Care Project (2002-2007) aimed to develop the health system in line with the constitutional principles of equality and justice by ensuring that everyone had access to high quality services regardless of personal wealth or place of residence. One of the major themes of the project was to ensure access to non-urgent treatment within legally defined time limits. This article describes the development of nationwide standardised criteria for assessing the need for access to non-urgent child psychiatric services. The criteria development process evoked multisectoral discussion on the organisation of child mental health services, and, by determining the eligibility thresholds for specialist treatment, defined health policy.

'I didn't like just sittin' around all day': facilitating social and community participation among people with mental illness and high levels of psychiatric disability

K. Muir and others

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 39, 2010, p. 375-391

This article argues that, if appropriate supports are available, supported housing models can assist people with high levels of psychiatric disability to participate meaningfully in the community. To make this case, the article uses findings from a longitudinal evaluation of a supported housing model in Australia: the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative Stage 1 (HASI). HASI is a partnership between the New South Wales Government Departments of Health and Housing and non-government organisations. It is a coordinated approach that provides clients with housing and community based clinical support, as well as support with daily living skills and community participation.

Parents with intellectual disabilities: past, present and futures

G. Llewellyn and others (editors)

Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

The book explores the lives of parents with intellectual disabilities, their children, and the systems and services they encounter from an international and cross-disciplinary perspective. Throughout the text, theory and research are linked to practice. The contributors, all experts currently engaged either in academic study of the topic or as researcher-practitioners in the field, champion the rights of parents with intellectual disabilities, advocating their full participation in the society and culture in which they live, in spite of stigmatizing attitudes and exclusionary practices. They provide a clear set of principles outlining how to work with parents with intellectual disabilities in ways that recognize family strengths and promote child and family well-being. Each chapter of the book provides a brief overview of the development of ideas and literature pertinent to the chapter's topic and concludes with principles drawn from the research to inform practice.

'Wrong parents' and 'right parents': shared perspectives about citizen participation in policy implementation

D.A. Potter

Social Science and Medicine, vol. 70, 2010, p. 1705-1713

Government policies, both in Europe and the US, increasingly mandate that citizens partner with professionals to plan and implement programmes. In the US, parents of children with serious emotional disturbances may participate in Community Collaboratives which are charged with implementing children's mental health policy locally. This qualitative study examined three Community Collaboratives and identified organisational features associated with how the groups prioritised lay involvement among other competing goals which they could legitimately pursue.

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