This critical interdisciplinary study charts the modern history of mental health services, reflects upon the evolution of care in communities, and considers the most effective policies and practices for the future.
Starting with the development of community care in the 1960s, Cummins explores the political, economic, and bureaucratic factors behind the changes and crises in mental health social care, returning to those roots to identify progressive principles that can pave a sustainable pathway forward.
This is a groundbreaking contribution to debates about the role, values, and future of community care, and is vital reading for students, teachers, and researchers in the field of social work and mental health.
“Cummins carefully unpicks the threads underpinning the development of community care and its consequences. This will be of value to those interested in learning from past failures to improve mental health services in the future.” Kathryn Karban, University of Bradford
Ian Cummins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford.
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