A Community Based Human Resource Center: A European Prerequisite,
GENERAL HOSPITAL (5TH) APO NEW YORK 09154
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The community mental health or human resource center serves a vital liaison between the often ill-defined path between individual helplessness and eventual hospitalization. Located within the community confines, it can more readily spread its tentacles and foster healthy physiological, intra-psysic, phenomenological and sociological adaptation of community members. Emphasizing an early diagnosis-better prognosis philosophy, prompt treatment of maladaptive behavior is afforded. The military community meets all Whites 1959 prerequisites for community functioning. Within CONUS the human resource center philosophy had been successfully implemented. Outreach programs concentrating on implementation of sound psychological principles have been skillfully intermixed with in-house individual, marital, family, and group counseling to provide a vibrant concoction designed to develop more effective coping behavior. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the characteristics of European communities, to emphasize stresses placed on community members in USAREUR and discuss implementation of the human resource center concept.