Public Mental Health Services Systems for Young Adults: How Can Care Continue?

Michael Polgar


Our public sector mental health care system in the United States involves offering and continuing services for young adults.  This essay addresses the systems of care for young adults, starting with the logics of care and recovery within our public mental health systems. Our systems and logics can and should promote continuity of care, preventing interruptions and discontinuities in service.  Linked youth and adult systems help address the larger and significant problem of unmet need for mental health care.  Our systems and policies should continue to encourage and provide mental health care for young adults.  Concurrent logics of prevention, treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation and care guide scholarship and health care.


mental health; health care; continuity of care

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