The Neighborhood and Family Services Project

An Empowerment Model Linking Clergy, Agency Professionals, and Community Residents
  • David E. Biegel
  • Arthur J. Naparstek


There is a growing realization today that mental health problems cannot be met by the services of professionals alone. The Report to the President from the President’s Commission on Mental Health (1978) states that despite improvements in the current mental health service system, there are millions of Americans who remain unserved, underserved, or inappropriately served. Among those groups most underserved, as noted by the commission, are ethnic and racial minorities, the aged, and the urban poor. The commission specifically stresses the importance of community support systems (informal helping networks including friends, clergy, natural helpers, self-help groups, etc.) in meeting the needs of underserved populations and generally strengthening and maintaining the mental health of the citizenry.


Mental Health Mental Health Service Mental Health Professional Community Mental Health Community Resident 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Biegel
    • 1
  • Arthur J. Naparstek
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs CenterWashington, D.C.USA

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