Abstract

In the midst of whirlwind social change, the United States finds its mobility and standard of living rising along with its crime rate and mental illness statistics. Though voluntary social welfare has historically undertaken the treatment of such social problems as emotional disturbance and marital discord, services seem unable to keep pace with the demands of modern living. Careful community planning must organize the nation's many specialized social agencies to avoid overlapping and fragmentation of services in the face of growing needs. In McLean County, Illinois, as in every community, public goals and individual agency goals for mental health provisions must be predicated, above all, on service to the people. This study proposes a plan by which the McLean County Mental Health Center and Family Service of McLean County can draw the community across that threshold and wedge it firmly in the door.

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