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date: 23 August 2019

Community mental health care has evolved as a discipline for over 50 years now. In describing this evolution as well as current approaches, this book combines traditional concepts, such as community-based interventions and an epidemiological perspective, with newer concepts, such as recovery philosophy, evidence-based practices, and implementation fidelity, which have shaped the field over the past decade. Like community mental health care itself, the book is multidisciplinary and pluralistic. It addresses controversies and also emphasizes areas of convergence, where social values, medical science, and policy forces agree on specific directions.

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