The mobile unit

A new approach in Mental Health

Pedro Ruiz, William Vazquez, Kathleen Vazquez

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Abstract

The recent development of the mental health center movement and the role of the community in the mental health field has, in recent years, changed the treatment modalities and approaches of the mentally ill. The urban ghettos are vivid examples of these changes, particularly in the area of emergency psychiatric care. The Lincoln Community Mental Health Center, an affiliated program of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University located in the southeast Bronx, one of the most deprived areas of our nation, has developed in the last four years new approaches in dealing with psychiatric emergency crises. A full description of the center and, particularly, the Mobile Crisis Intervention and Suicidal Prevention Unit is presented. This unit has proved itself successful in handling most of the "crises situations" encountered in this ghetto community. An analysis of the results and the factors responsible in obtaining these results are presented. Evidently this new form of "psychiatric approach to emergency situations" opens new avenues in reaching the "poor" and offers new grounds for research and training in the areas of social and community psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1973
Externally publishedYes

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Poverty Areas
Mental Health
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Emergencies
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Crisis Intervention
Community Mental Health Centers
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Mentally Ill Persons
Emergency Medical Services
Developed Countries
Statistical Factor Analysis
Medicine
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The mobile unit : A new approach in Mental Health. / Ruiz, Pedro; Vazquez, William; Vazquez, Kathleen.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 01.03.1973, p. 18-24.

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Ruiz, Pedro ; Vazquez, William ; Vazquez, Kathleen. / The mobile unit : A new approach in Mental Health. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 1973 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 18-24.
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