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In Recovery: The Making of Mental Health Policy (Hardback)
  • In Recovery: The Making of Mental Health Policy (Hardback)

In Recovery: The Making of Mental Health Policy (Hardback)

Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 30/04/2004
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For hundreds of years, people diagnosed with mental illness were thought to be hopeless cases, destined to suffer inevitable deterioration. Beginning in the early 1990s, however, providers and policymakers in mental health systems came to promote recovery as their goal. But what does recovery truly mean? For example, to consumers of mental health services, it implies empowerment and greater resources dedicated to healing; to HMOs, it can suggest a means of cost savings when benefits cease upon recovery. This book considers ""recovery"" from multiple angles. Traditionally, Nora Jacobson notes, recovery was defined as symptom abatement or a return to a normal state of health, but as activists, mental health professionals, and policymakers sought to develop ""recovery-oriented"" systems, other meanings emerged.

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 9780826514547
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm

As a result of her systematic observations, she has written a textbook that reads like a novel and provides an in-depth understanding of the history of recovery concepts, along with detailed descriptions of how such concepts can be implemented meaningfully across mental health systems. In Recovery is a must-read for all students of and participants in the transformation of mental health systems in the 21st century.
--Psychiatric Services
In this closely documented, carefully reasoned and deeply instructive work, Nora Jacobson shows how the cause of 'recovery' in mental health practice plays out in one state. Jacobson was beautifully positioned to observe the horse-trading and semantic wrangling that determine the fate of high-minded ideals when translated into policy. Rhetoric, alliances, timing and persistence turn out to matter every bit as much as science.
--Kim Hopper

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