Empowerment Through Planning and Policy Making

Donald M. Linhorst

in Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171877
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865338 | DOI:
 Empowerment Through Planning and Policy Making

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to participating in planning and policy making at the regional, state, or national levels. Participation can be empowering because it gives participants a sense of control and involvement; it can lead to new or improved policies, programs, and resources; and it seeks to influence the social structures that can affect empowerment. Some of the means to participation include serving on state planning boards, task forces, and other ad hoc assemblies; through advocacy or consumer groups; through state offices of consumer affairs; through mental health agencies; and by voting. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with nine guidelines to promote empowerment through planning and policy making.

Keywords: state planning boards; task forces; advocacy groups; consumer groups; offices of consumer affairs; voting

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