Discussion 1 Mental Health Care Mental health care is a primary concern to social workers who are 2023
Discussion 1: Mental Health Care
Mental health care is a primary concern to social workers, who are the main providers of care to populations with mental health diagnoses. The system that provides services to individuals with mental health issues is often criticized for being reactive and only responding when individuals are in crisis. Crisis response is not designed to provide on-going care and is frequently very expensive, especially if hospitalization is involved.
Critics suggest a comprehensive plan, which involves preventive services, as well as a continuum of care. However, there are few, if any, effective and efficient program models. Social work expertise and input are vital to implementing effective services. Targeting services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness is one strategy. Another approach includes providing an array of services that are also preventative in nature. How might these suggestions address potential policy gaps in caring for individuals such as the family members in the Parker Family case?
For this Discussion, review this week’s resources, including the Parker Family video. Then consider the specific challenges or gaps in caring for individuals with a chronic mental illness might present for the mental health system based on the Parker case. Finally, think about how environmental stressors, such as poverty, can aggravate mental illness and make treatment more challenging.
By Day 3
Post an explanation of the specific challenges or gaps in the mental health care system for the care of individuals with chronic mental illnesses. Base your response on the Parker case. Then, describe how environmental stressors, such as poverty, can aggravate mental illness and make treatment more challenging.
Parker Family Episode 5
FEMALE SPEAKER: So you’ve been hospitalized, let’s see, four times
FEMALE SPEAKER: Well actually, I should have only been in the hospital three
FEMALE SPEAKER: Why do you say that?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Well, on the third hospital visit they kicked me out before I
was ready to leave. They said I was just in there to get away from my mom, but I
told them they were wrong. My sister even backed me up on this. But they didn’t
care. They just checked me out, and home sweet home I went. I was barely gone
like a month and I was back in their monkey house.
So technically, for me, hospital visits three and four are the same. I remember
going back to that hospital seeing the same docs and nurses, and I just smiled
and waved and said, see, I told you so. I mean, we picked up right where we left
FEMALE SPEAKER: What do you mean your sister backed you up?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Jane, that’s my sister. Jane, she knew how crazy my mom
is, so she took pictures of all that mess and all that junk my mom hoards, and
she showed them to the social worker in the hospital.
FEMALE SPEAKER: What happened?
FEMALE SPEAKER: You know what the social worker said? She said that there
was nothing that she can do about it, that her job was to only make sure that
patients have a place to go when they leave the hospital. Translation, when
you’re out the door, good riddance and good luck. Some policy, huh?
Discussion 2: Emerging Issues in Mental Health Care
Like so many areas of practice in social work, mental health is dynamic and ever-evolving. Research continues to provide new information about how the brain functions, the role of genetics in mental health, and evidence to support new possibilities for treatment. Keeping up with these developments might seem impossible. However, being aware of and responsive to these developments and incorporating them into both your practice and social policy is essential to changing the lives of individuals and families who live with a mental health diagnosis and the impact it brings to their daily lives.
For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Search the Walden Library and other reputable online sources for emerging issues in the mental health care arena. Think about the issues that are being addressed by social policy and those that are in need of policy advocacy and why that might be the case. Then, consider what social workers can do to ensure that clients/populations receive necessary mental health services. Also, think about the ethical responsibility related to mental health care social workers must uphold in host settings when they encounter conflicts in administration and home values. Finally, search your state government sites for the mental health commitment standards in your state and reflect on the mental health services covered under your state’s Medicaid program.
By Day 4
Post an explanation of those emerging issues in the mental health care arena that the policymakers address and those that are in need of policy advocacy and why. Then, explain what strategies social workers might use to ensure that clients/populations receive necessary mental health services. Finally, explain the mental health commitment standards and mental health services in your state. In your explanation, refer to the services covered under your state’s Medicaid program.
Required Readings BOTH ASSIGNMENTS
Popple, P. R., & Leighninger, L. (2019). The policy-based profession: An introduction to social welfare policy analysis for social workers (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Chapter 8, “Mental Health and Substance Abuse (pp. 161-191)
World Health Organization. (2004). Mental health policy and service guidance package: Mental health policy, plans and programmes. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/en/policy_plans_revision.pdf
Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore: MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Part 1, “The Parker Family” (pp. 6–8)
Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved October 10, 2013, from www.mentalhealthamerica.net