Authors: Larry Davidson, David Stayner, Connie Nickou, Thomas Styron, Matthew Chinman, USA
Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Keynote, psychiatry, recommended, community support, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In this talk, we first describe briefly some of the ways in which the “community support” approach (Parrish, 1989) of the last 25 years has fallen short of fulfilling the dream of community integration. Next, we describe an alternative vision of mental illness as a psychiatric disability and its implications for new models of treatment and social policy. We outline three key elements derived from this perspective that we suggest push us beyond the boundaries of conventional clinical practice, and use data from qualitative interviews from a study of supported socialization to illustrate each of these elements through the voices, and dreams, of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Finally, we conclude with a brief consideration of future directions for research, practice, and policy development to more effectively bring about the restoration of citizenship among individuals with psychiatric disabilities begun almost 50 years ago.