Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Laura Boisen

Second Advisor

Lois Bosch

Third Advisor

Kathy Lytle


Mental health services are essential and need to be equally accessible and non-discriminatory to all individuals within our society. Traditionally, the Deaf community has encountered many hindrances when attempting to access mental health seruices. This study examines the systemic barriers that prevent Deaf individuals from obtaining mental health services in the Twin Cities Metro and regional area. Questionnaires were sent out to 100 individuals that serve Deaf adults with mental illness within the Twin Cities Metro Area. The results from the 48 seruice providers' questionnaires responses show specific qualitative barriers; Community Service Agencies, Cultural Competency, Deaf lndividuals with Additional Needs, Stigma, Discrimination and Stereotypes. The researcher follows with a discussion of the findings' implications on the impact of program development, state legislation, community seruice councils, and policies that would provide viable linkages to the accessibility for Deaf individuals.


SC 11.MSW.2003.RutherUh.J

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