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Practice Guidelines: Core Elements in Responding to Mental Health Crises

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Adults, children and older adults with a serious mental illness or emotional disorder often lead lives characterized by recurrent, significant crises.These crises are not the inevitable consequences of mental disability, but rather represent the combined impact of a host of additional factors, including lack of access to essential services and supports, poverty, unstable housing, coexisting substance use, other health problems, discrimination and victimization.

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Contributed on 04/02/2010

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