Obstacles and Opportunities in Providing Mental Health Services Through a Faith-Based Network in Los Angeles

Published In: Psychiatric Services, v. 56, no. 2, Feb. 2005, p. 206-208

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Emily Dossett, Susan Fuentes, Ruth Klap, Kenneth B. Wells

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This study surveyed attitudes toward mental health services and barriers to providing these services within the agencies of QueensCare Health and Faith Partnership, a network of faith based organizations, and parish nurses who provided health care in a low-income, ethnically diverse area of Los Angeles. Representatives from 42 organizations responded. Although 69 percent felt that referrals to nonreligious counselors were appropriate, 50 percent were reluctant to collaborate with government agencies. Barriers to providing mental health services included limited professional training, reluctance to partner with government programs, and financial and staffing limitations.

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