First published in 1999. This text examines the impasse in the development of alternatives to hospitals, drawing on the experience of both crisis service users and providers, and evidence of the effectiveness of such services. The book concludes that crisis services are preferred by users, are usually more cost effective and often more clinically effective than acute admissions wards. It offers a number of policy suggestions to advance the role of crisis services, including monitoring, evaluation and development centres, or programmes being established on a national basis, and joint training between crisis service and hospitals.
1. What are Crisis Services? Kevin Allen 2. Crisis Intervention Theory and Method Tont Leiba 3. Care, Control and Evidence in British Mental Health Policy: The Context for Crisis Services David Pilgrim 4. The Wokingham MIND Crisis House Pam Jenkinson 5. The Liverpool Mental Health Crisis Services and its Effectiveness Sarah Matthews 6. West Birmingham Home Treatment Service: ‘Right at Home’ Val Radway 7. Effectiveness of Crisis Services Kevin Hogan and Sarah Orme 8. Community Psychiatric Nursing’s Role in Managing Crises Paul Godin and Christopher Scanlon 9. Crisis Mental Health Nursing: Developments in Accident and Emergency Departments Tom Clarke and Christopher Scanlon 10. Exemplary Crisis Services in Europe and the USA Shulamit Ramon 11. Progress and Prospects for Crisis Services Dylan Tomlinson