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Master of Architecture (MArch)

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Allison, David J


ABSTRACT The current model of community mental health care does not provide adequate therapeutic settings for many mentally ill patients to fully recovery. Due to this deficiency, patients are falling into a harmful cycle where they are admitted to the hospital through the emergency department, stabilized at the acute care setting, and discharged within a matter of days into the larger community where they have limited access to resources and support networks. At this point, patients become overwhelmed, have another event, and come full circle back to the emergency department. As a result, there is a drastic need for new kinds of residential settings that provide an intermediate condition between the institution and independence where there is both refuge and access to therapeutic services, as well as connections to the world at large.

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