First Advisor

Marian B. Ayerza

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Mentally ill -- Rehabilitation, Community mental health services



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1 online resource (105 p.)


Zion Lutheran Church in Portland has had contact with a number of neighborhood residents who have been released from mental institutions but who have had little community support. The Church has felt the need for some time to develop a residential program for former patients in the area they serve. The authors of this report agreed to conduct a needs assessment and to develop a program relative to the results of the assessment.

A needs assessment identified the target population, attempted to determine what services they would use and how such services might best be delivered. The assessment was conducted in Northwest Portland because this is the general area which interests Zion Lutheran Church. It was designed to discern whether a residential program for released mental patients would be used in the area designated, and, if so, how such a program would best be formulated. However, it was also designed to allow respondents to express interest in other types of programs and services.


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A research practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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