Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
This exploratory study examined the possible barriers that social
workers encountered in both rural and urban regional mental
health treatment centers. Twenty-three social workers at four
regional treatment centers completed a questionnaire that was
used to determine perceived roles and decision-making processes
used by the respondents. Social workers evaluated and made
recommendations to improve the discharge process. Social workers
identified housing limitations, patient disagreement, waiting
lists, behavior problems, and lack of community services as
factors that limit patients from being discharged from regional
treatment centers. Social workers discussed the need for
community resources to be more accessible and the need for more
housing facilities to accept patients with difficult behaviors.
Systemic changes and implications of the findings for social
workers are examined.
Goblirsch, Kathleen A., "Perceptions of Social Workers Concerning Possible Gaps in the Discharge Planning Process at Regional Treatment Centers" (2001). Theses and Graduate Projects. 758.