Portland State University. School of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (ii, 29, 2 leaves, maps (part col.) 28 cm.)
Mentally ill children -- Oregon -- Portland
The geographical focus of this study is on that section of Southeast Portland which has been designated by the Office of Econom1c Opportunity as a poverty pocket because of an incidence of low-income families exceeding ~. (See Figure 2, Appendix A.) As such, the area is under the jurisdiction of the Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee, the OEO community action agency for Portland. Under the auspices of this agency, the four neighborhoods in the area (Brooklyn, Buckman, Richmond and Sunnyside) in 1966 formed a separate non-profit delegate agency which was named Portland Action Committees Together, Incorporated (PACT). PACT originally was responsible for administering War on Poverty programs through three neighborhood centers in the area. Its functions have changed but it still remains very much involved, even providing the terms by which the area is known: the PACT target area.
The particular focus of the study has to do with the mental health of elementary School age children in the PACT target area.
The original, and still primary, purpose of this study was to provide a statistical data base for a grant proposal to fund a children's mental health service agency in the PACT target area of Southeast Portland. Since the original conception by Jack Tovey of the Child Psychiatry Department, University of Oregon Medical School, and PACT staff, the plan has been subsumed under the planning auspices of the Comprehensive Mental Health Planning Committee, a group whose aim is to work toward expanding and consolidating mental health services in all dimensions for the Southeast Portland area.
Bossardt, Richard L. and Larsen, Clifford G., "An exploratory study of children's mental health needs in the PACT target area of southeast Portland" (1971). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1454.