Psychiatric consultation in a rural Mexican-American clinic

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Abstract

The Crystal City Mental Health Outreach Clinic is unique in that it is a rural mental health program in a town that clings to traditional Mexican values yet is highly politicized as the home of La Raza Unida. The clinic was established as a pilot rural mental health program. It had originally been hoped that consultation activities would evolve from direct service and patient-centered consultation to consultee and program-centered consultation. These hopes, were not realized, however, and the work of the medical school faculty at Cristal has remained in the areas of direct service, program planning, staff training, and liaison with social service agencies. A claim for program effectiveness can be made if there is some demonstration of community acceptance of the program and its staff. Demonstration of community acceptance for the Cristal clinic was provided by monitoring the male-to-female patient ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Volume7
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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