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community mental health center

Pronunciation: ko-myu'ni-te men'tal helth sen'ter

Definition: A mental health treatment center located in a neighborhood catchment area close to the homes of patients, introduced in the 1960s under new federal legislation designed to replace the large state hospitals, which usually were located in remote rural areas; features include offering a series of comprehensive services by one or more members of the four mental health professions, provision of continuity of care, participation of consumers in the centers, community location to provide accessibility, a combination of indirect or preventive and direct services, the use of program-centered as well as case-centered consultation, a requirement for program evaluation, and various linkages to a variety of health and human services.

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