Competing Realities: The Contested Terrain of Mental Health Advocacy


This volume takes a fresh look at the problems of designing effective and humane service care delivery systems for the seriously mentally ill. The author addresses a number of major themes, including the differing definitions of mental illness and the differing treatment technologies that have logically developed from them, the varying theories regarding the structure and design of the service delivery system, and the policy dilemmas that lead to inconsistent and inequitable treatment. Demonstrating that there are wide areas of agreement among the disputing professionals, Chandler offers guidelines for finding these zones of agreement and achieving a consensus for realistically improving the system of care.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990