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Creating a Community of Care for Seriously Emotionally Distressed Youth

Katherine Gordy Levine

in Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159226
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893843 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.003.0026
Creating a Community of Care for Seriously Emotionally Distressed Youth

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This chapter describes the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Mobile Community Support Service's (MCSS), the creation of a caring community for emotionally distressed youth based on recognizing that we are one; we are family. The MCSS is a component of Families Reaching in Ever New Directions, Inc. (FRIENDS, Inc.). The chapter briefly reviews the theoretical changes leading to the current emphasis on community-based, family-driven care; describes key components of the tri-level intervention model of care; illustrates use of the model and discusses outcomes, including difficulties as well as successes; and reviews lessons learned.

Keywords: Visiting Nurse Service; Mobile Community Support; community-based clinical practice; social work practice; emotionally distressed youth

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