Meeting Mental Health Needs: Service Delivery in Israel



Series: Mental Illnesses and Treatments
BISAC: MED102000

This book summarizes findings of studies that are united by a common theme of needs of psychiatric patients in Israel. The studies were performed from 2001-2010, in the Research Unit of Mental Health Services at the Ministry of Health and were motivated by the authors’ need to learn more about the met and mainly unmet needs of mentally ill people, and an urgent demand to develop innovative health services or adjust the existing ones to both meet the needs and improve the quality of care and quality of life of their patients. Although the conception of need is a composite one and can be defined in multiple ways to include different aspects of common wishes motivating human activities and ways of their fulfillment, the authors’ used the Bradshaw definition of need (1972) as “perceived” need or what individuals believe they require.

Within the context of health care, a need was considered a lack of health or welfare, or a lack of access to care. All the investigations were conducted in parallel with the Mental Health Reform in Israel and therefore reflect the specific needs and demands of deinstitutionalization. The selection of topics, the emphasis on briefly summarizing research findings rather than exhaustively reviewing the scientific literature and providing practical recommendations are intended to make the book an interesting and useful resource for policy-makers, clinicians, and other health professionals, such as clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, general and family medical practitioners, nursing personnel, family members and other support persons, and perhaps mentally ill persons themselves. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Identification of Needs among Patients with Severe Mental Illness

Chapter 2. Assessment of Needs

Chapter 3. Matching Needs with Mental Health Services

Chapter 4. Mental Health Services in Israel

Chapter 5. Community-Based Rehabilitation Needs

Chapter 6. Mental Health Legislation-Consumer’s Perspective

Chapter 7. Need for Mental Health Services and Treatment Lag

Chapter 8. Health Service Needs under Terrorism

Chapter 9. Psychiatric Emergency Services

Chapter 10. Oral Health Needs of Patients with Mental Illness

Afterword What is the Significance of this Book?

About the Authors



“In the period of mental health reform and the transfer of mental health care to the community this book is a valuable and practical contribution to the literature that will benefit health care providers, medical administrators, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and families of individuals with special needs in mental health domains. The book is essential for all professionals in the field of community mental health.” – Moshe Kotler, MD, President, Israel Psychiatric Association and Director Beer Yaakov-Ness Ziona Mental Health Center, Israel

“This book is an important contribution to the understanding of the patients with severe mental illness and the mental health services in Israel. The field of mental health has been neglected for many years. In July 2015 the responsibility for mental health care will be transferred to the health funds, which are already in the process of establishing the service. It is the right time now to focus on fulfilling the needs of the patients and to consider these needs in their planning. The book is based on studies done in Israel and as such may be very useful to policymakers and mental health professionals. Congratulations to the authors for their contribution to improve mental health services in Israel and worldwide.” – Professor Zvi Zemishlany, Director, Geha Mental Health Center, Israel, Past President of the Israel Psychiatric Association, Board Member of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA)

“The book Meeting Mental Health Needs presents broadly for the first time and academically in an in-depth fashion, mental health services in the State of Israel from the combined perspective of health needs and the organization of services by the Israeli system.” READ MORE…Shifra Shvarts, PHD, Professor

“Patients with mental disorders have more unmet needs than healthy individuals, though; the frequency of unmet needs varies substantially across need domains. There is a major gap between a need for help and the actual help received from mental health services.” READ MORE…Professor Eliezer Shalev, MD, Dean, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Professor, Minnie and Ruben Finkelstein Academic Chair Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

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