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Author Bush, William S., 1967- author

Title Circuit riders for mental health : the Hogg Foundation in twentieth-century Texas / William S. Bush
Edition First edition
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2016
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Contents Introduction: Out of sight, out of mind -- "A mental health program for the people of Texas": the birth of the Hogg Foundation -- Spreading the gospel of mental health in the 1940s and 1950s -- "A real revolution in mental health concepts": the campaign for the rights of people with mental illness, 1942-57 -- Branching out: the professionalization of mental health research and philanthropy -- "This most urgent of all health problems": community mental health in the 1960s -- The unfinished revolution, 1970-2000 -- Epilogue: People first
Summary Circuit Riders for Mental Health explores the transformation of popular understandings of mental health, the reform of scandal-ridden hospitals and institutions, the emergence of community mental health services, and the extension of mental health services to minority populations around the state of Texas. Author Williams S. Bush focuses especially on the years between 1940 and 1980 to demonstrate the dramatic, though sometimes halting and conflicted, progress made in Texas to provide mental health services to its people over the second half of the twentieth century. At the story's center is the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, a private-public philanthropic organization housed at the University of Texas. For the first three decades of its existence, the Hogg Foundation was the state's leading source of public information, policy reform, and professional education in mental health. Its staff and allies throughout the state described themselves as "circuit riders" as they traveled around Texas to introduce urban and rural audiences to the concept of mental health, provide consultation for all manner of social services, and sometimes intervene in thorny issues surrounding race, ethnicity, gender, class, region, and social and cultural change. (From summary in ECIP data view)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Hogg Foundation for Mental Health -- History -- 20th century
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Mental health policy -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Mental health services -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Mentally ill -- Care -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Mental health policy.
Mental health services.
Mentally ill -- Care.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016012334
ISBN 1623494451
9781623494452 (ebook)