Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2000

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharon Patten

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff

Third Advisor

Laura Skogen


Mobile crisis services are seen as a secondary modality in provision of health care services. Past research indicated a lack of integration into the health care system and funding as obstructions. Accessing these services is limited to law enforcement, jails, emergency rooms, crisis line phone contacts, and providers. This research explored a mobile crisis service from greater Minnesota as a primary modality in health care services by examining who was accessing the service, voluntary or non-voluntary individuals in relation to hospitalization, and follow up and does this relationship vary by gender, utilizing the chi-square statistical test. Hospitalization and follow up in relation to types of accessibility showed no significant relationship. But the results indicated a significant relationship between types of accessibility, hospitalization, and follow up with using gender as a control variable. The implications of these findings for social work practice include: a) an increase in the number of social workers functioning within crisis services, b) a need for follow up after the initial contact is made 50% of the time, c) 2:1 gender difference in accessing mobile crisis services in greater Minnesota.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Heine.JM

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