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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2014 Nov;41(6):835-44. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0536-6.

State of spirituality-infused mental health services in Los Angeles County wellness and client-run centers.

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School of Social Work, University of Southern California, 669 West 34th Street, Montgomery Ross Fisher Bldg, 102C, Los Angeles, CA, 90089, USA, amyamada@usc.edu.

Abstract

Spiritual coping is associated with positive mental health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness, yet spirituality-infused services are seldom offered in public sector mental health agencies. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health introduced a policy addressing spirituality in 2012. This study explored the breadth and degree to which spirituality-infused activities were being offered in 53 Los Angeles wellness and recovery centers after the policy was widely disseminated. More than 98 % of the centers offered options for spirituality-infused activities; one-third offered spirituality-focused groups. Los Angeles's progress may guide implementation of spirituality-infused services in other state or local public mental health systems.

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24464481
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10.1007/s10488-014-0536-6
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