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Date of Publication


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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Mentally ill -- Oregon



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1 online resource (v, 54, [14] pages)


The CMI (Chronically Mentally Ill) experience many problems in obtaining services in both rural and urban environments. Such problems include community resistance to the mentally ill, inadequate treatment services, support systems, a lack of service utilization, and a lack of follow-up studies concerning this population, especially in rural areas. While these problems are generally characteristic of all areas of the country, whether urban or rural, they tend to have extreme manifestations in rural areas. Such problems are also conjoint in rural areas with rural life poverty, isolation, transportation difficulties, and sparse populations. In order to understand the possible barriers to mental health services in rural areas, this study will concern itself with certain demographic data and possible transportation difficulties of the CMI population in the rural environments. Our geographical target area is Eastern Oregon Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center catchment area of the State of Oregon, Mental Health Division. The target population will be recent releases from Eastern Oregon State Hospital (EOSH) who reside in this region.


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A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work.

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