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ORGANIZATIONAL  ISSUES  HEALTH  I N COMMUNITY  MENTAL  ADMINISTRATION  by  R. DAVID TURNER B . A . , The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a , 1964 B.S.W., The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a , 1966 M.S.W., The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a , 1967  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE  in  THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES Department of Health Care and Epidemiology  We a c c e p t  this  thesis  to the required  as  conforming  standard  The University of British Columbia June,  1979  (c) R. David Turner, 1979  In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make i t freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the Head of my Department or by his representatives.  It is understood that copying or publication  of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission.  Department The University of British Columbia 2075 Wesbrook Place Vancouver, Canada V6T 1W5  Date  DE-6  B P 75-51 1 E  Thesis Advisory Committee:  Dr. V . F . M i t c h e l l (Chairman) Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration  Dr. A.O.J. Crichton Professor Department of Health Care and Epidemiology  Dr. J . Robinson A s s i s t a n t Professor Department of Health Care and Epidemiology  i i  A B S T R A C T  T i t l e of the Thesis:  Organizational Mental Health  Name of the Author:  R. David Turner  Issues in Community Administration  The dissertation discusses the provision and organization of mental health services through the operation of Community Mental Health Centres outside the Greater Vancouver area in the Province of B.C. A derived organizational structure of a CMHC is presented permitting a generalizable discussion of inter- and intra-organizational features and their relationship to administration peculiar to this organization. A number of propositions are generated regarding CMHC organizational structure and process; these propositions are based on the dimensions identified in the areas of organizational technology, environment and goals. The propositions are applied to a model of management permitting an examination of general areas of management concern.  Methods of optimizing these  areas are discussed operationally with the intent of facilitating organizational effectiveness in a CMHC.  ii  i  TABLE  OF  CONTENTS  Page ABSTRACT  ii  LIST OF TABLES  vii  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  vi i i  PREFACE  ix  Chapter 1  2  INTRODUCTION  1  The Historical Base of the CMHC  1  The CMHC Movement  3  Pressures to Develop CMHC's in B.C  6  Developments in CMHC Organization in Canada  8  ORGANIZATIONAL FEATURES OF COMMUNITY MENTAL MEALTH CENTRES  10  A Delineation of Community Mental Health Centres  3  The Community Mental Health Centres as an Organization A DERIVED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTRES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA  10  11 15  Human Service and Medical Model of Community Mental Health Centres  15  A Perspective of Organization Structure (Pugh Model)  16  iv  Chapter  Page Derived Structure of Community Mental Health Centres  4  FACTORS RELATING TO A DERIVED ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE  5  17  24  Organizational Goals  24  Organizational Technology  27  Organizational Environment  31  THE SOCIAL TREATMENT MODEL IN RELATION TO THE CMHC Community Mental Health Technology  36 36  Issues Relation to Utilization of the  6  Inter-disciplinary Team  38  The Unified Treatment Approach  41  The Multiple Treatment Approach  43  Inter-organizational  44  Features  AN OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF GOALS TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT  7  8  49  Operationalization of Goals  49  Operationalization of Technology  52  Operationalization of Environment  53  THE CMHC:  A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS  57  Lack of Goal Clarity  57  Implications of Technology  60  Implications of Environment  62  THE CMHC:  INTER-ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONS  69  Importance  69  Riverview Hospital  72  Public Health Programs  76 v  Chapter  Page Hospital Programs  9  82  ADMINISTRATIVE PROPOSITIONS  10  88  Administrative Propositions - Technology and Goals  88  Administrative Propositions - Environment  90  SUMMARY APPLICATION OF PROPOSITIONS TO STEERS MODEL  11  92  Strategic Goal Setting  94  Resource Acquisition and Utilization  96  Communication Processes  99  Leadership  103  Decision-Making  105  Organizational Adaptation and Innovation  108  Influence of Setting on Administration  110  CONCLUSION  H3  Broad Planning Implications  .  115 1  BIBLIOGRAPHY  1  8  APPENDICES 1  1  CMHC PROGRAM OUTLINES  2  JOB DESCRIPTIONS MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE STAFF  3  PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, 1972.  ,  23  "127  146  4  ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR INPATIENT UNITS  154  5 6  CODE OF ETHICS-COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS MANDATE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS  155 159  vi  LIST  OF  TABLES  Table I II  Page Organizational System and Product Goals  59  Characteristics of Various Environmental States  66  vii  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  I am grateful to the members of my Thesis Committee, Dr. V.F. Mitchell, Dr. A.O.J. Crichton, and Dr. J . Robinson for their assistance and encouragement during the preparation of this thesis. I am indebted to Mr. & Mrs. V..Daykin for their support and hospitality which greatly facilitated the completion of this work. Thanks also go to Sharon Haller for her expertise in the typing of this thesis. The tolerance and patience of my wife and family is also recognized and appreciated.  viii  PREFACE  During the past two decades since the f i r s t Community Mental Health Centre was developed in Burnaby there has been a relatively rapid expansion of community based services to the mentally i l l .  The development  of more sophisticated technology and a conscious intent to end the "asylum 1  industry" of the 1930 s and 1940's has contributed to the existence of 30 Community Mental Health Centres scattered throughout the province of British Columbia.  As will be indicated in subsequent discussions these Community  Mental Health Centres vary somewhat in composition and structure. of the catchment areas are diverse. exist.  The nature  However generalizable features do  The Community Mental Health Centre of the late 1970's is a complex  inter-disciplinary, decentralized service system with diverse levels of accountability and close ties with other human service organizations. Complexity and the rapid development of technology utilized by Community Mental Health Centres since the development of phenothiazines in 1952 is characteristic of the current milieu of Provincial Mental Health Services. New "relationship therapies" and the Human Potential movement have contributed significantly to the activities which are performed by Community Mental Health Centres.  Unfortunately, despite the advances achieved techno-  logically during the past two decades, the management of the organizations designed to apply new technologies has been characterized by a marked lack  ix  of development.  Feldman (1974, p. 11) states, "While this increased com-  plexity is likely to characterize the delivery of mental health services for a long time to come i t has not been accompanied by the necessary administrative expertise." In British Columbia as in most regions of Canada, mental health services are generally administered by mental health professionals with l i t t l e experience or knowledge of administration.  This is particularly  true of the management of Community Mental Health Centres in the Province of British Columbia.  The gap between administrative effectiveness and  technological complexity is continuing to expand.  This problem is difficult  to resolve for a number of reasons as discussed by Feldman (1974, pp. 12-13). F i r s t l y , there is l i t t l e up-to-date literature on administration in mental health.  The necessary theory has yet to be adapted to mental health.  Secondly, although administrative theory has a good generic base it is largely shaped by factors such as technology and environment which help form the structure which must be managed.  Feldman (1974, p. 12) states,  "as a result, administration in mental health is different from administration in other fields while sharing a common base.  The nature and effects  of these differences are l i t t l e understood and require careful research." The problem is made more difficult in an attempt to operationalize the term administration and define i t in a generalizable fashion. At a generalizable level, mental health professionals are provided with both constraints and contingencies depending on the organizational structure in which they perform their work or exercise their technology. Ricks (1973, p. 241) states:  x  A r e a l i t y o f working i n t h e mental h e a l t h p r o f e s s i o n s i s t h a t they a r e extremely i n t e r t w i n e d w i t h o r g a n i z a t i o n a l f u n c t i o n s . Treatment takes p l a c e i n t h e c o n t e x t o f an i n s t i t u t i o n c a l l e d a c l i n i c , a h o s p i t a l o r a c e n t r e . W i t h i n t h e i n s t i t u t i o n t h e r e i s a range o f s e r v i c e s with a t t e n d a n t s t r u c t u r e s f o r t h e e x e c u t i o n of that s e r v i c e .  As indicated by both Ricks (1973) and Feldman (1974) the effective administration of organizational structure may facilitate more productive goal oriented activities which is desirable in the application of mental health technology. It is the purpose of this thesis to examine existing Community Mental Health Centre structures, specifically those located outside the Greater Vancouver area in terms of a number of variables. There is an examination of existing community mental health centre administrative structures primarily as a function of technology, environment and organizational goals.  The purpose of this proposal is to  provide a basie for developing propositions which will be the result of a synthesis of relevant literature, and an examination of prevailing technology, environment and organizational goals. In a topic as broad and rich as that proposed i t is possible to address the subject matter from a variety of perspectives, utilizing diverse frames of reference.  There are a number of options which include decisions  regarding the degree of specificity and sophistication of the material utilized in optimizing an administrative model.  The material discussed  must of necessity address both intra and inter organizational dynamics. For the purpose of conceptualizing a consistent thread of discussion throughout this thesis i t is the intent to i n i t i a l l y provide an "organizational  xi  photograph" of generalizable organizational features which exist in Community Mental Health Centres in British Columbia without reference to a specific target Community Mental Health Centre.  The term derived  Community Mental Health Centre or (CMHC) is utilized with this in mind. Initially a brief historical overview of the Community Mental Health Centre movement in British Columbia is provided with particular reference to the movement from custodial to community care in the treatment of the mentally i l l .  Following this overview there is a relatively brief  examination of the Community Mental Health Centres as organizations with specific reference to the people changing and people processing function discussed in Hasenfeld (1974).  The third section of the discussion is an  examination of the structure of a derived Community Mental Health Centre utilizing a model provided by Pugh etldl.  (1968).  Subsequent to this dis-  cussion a review of the literature outlines some of the more definitive studies which address technology, organizational environment and goals. The majority of studies discussed, particularly in the more recent l i t e r a ture, have highly significant implications for the administration of human service organizations such as Community Mental Health Centres.  This  section provides a partial source of potential correlations among the three factors under consideration and the administration propositions appropriate for a CMHC.  This is followed by an overview of the social treatment model  in terms of both intra and inter-organizational features.  An operational  perspective of technology, environment and organizational goals is presented. A summary of the CMHC in terms of a conceptual analysis is linked to interorganizational relationships developed between a CMHC, acute pychiatric wards and Public Health programs.  xii  Riverview Hospital,  The objective of this material is reflect in the final chapter where propositions are generated, based on previous discussion and applied to a model of management functions which optimally will result in a movement of the CMHC toward organizational effectiveness.  xi i i  1.  Chapter 1  INTRODUCTION  The Historical Base of the CMHC The early history of mental health treatment and the work of philanthropist such as Dorothea Dix ture.  has been well documented in the l i t e r a -  There will be no attempt to reiterate here the evolution of thought  which gave rise to themental hospital of the early 1940's. Allodi and Kedward (1977, p. 221) state, "In many ways the situations within the mental hospital remained unchanged until the early 1940's." However, at the beginning of the 1940's modern physical  therapies  were introduced gradually in Toronto at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre.  The utilization i f insulin, electric shock and more sophisticated  forms of brain surgery led also to increasing interest in social and psychological treatment methods.  Tyhurst (1963, p. 3) stated of this  period, "A new enthusiasm was present in mental hospitals, general  hospitals  were beginning to develop psychiatric services and the private practice of psychiatry was becoming well developed." In 1948 the Canadian Federal Government established a system of Mental Health Grants to the provinces to help inject new l i f e into their programs.  Over the next ten years Tyhurst (1963, p. 3) states, "Substantial  2.  progress was made, new buildings, new clinics, improved and increased staff and the development of research programs, a l l helped establish a new professional  interest in mental health."  By 1950 the Crease Clinic of  Psychological Medicine was established at Essondale, B.C. Considerable concern was felt during this post-war period due not only to over crowding but also due to lack of staff.  Staff training to  this point had varied greatly according to discipline and availability of recruits.  As early as 1925 the Royal Commission in referring to the mentally  retarded stated emphatically "the problem was more educational than i t was medical."  A training school for nurses was established at Essondale in 1930  coinciding with the f i r s t trained occupational therapist.  In 1932 a Registered  nurse was appointed and accepted as a trained Social Worker. This i n i t i a l attempt at providing trained staff was devastated by WWII.  In 1942, 56% of the new staff at Essondale had no form of psychiatric  training or hospital experience.  In 1947, 18 R.N.'s and 44 psychiatric  nurses were employed in total at the Provincial Mental Hospital. It is important to note however that travelling clinics were underway during this period i n i t i a l l y including Victoria in 1934. Chilliwack in 1935.  Nanaimo and  There travelling clinics were an option chosen to provide  service to communities lacking in psychiatric resources and to expand the base of the Provincial Mental Hospital. Staffing problems remained in the 1940's and 1950's.  The physician  was employed and perceived as the major tool in the treatment of mental disorder.  Social Workers usually had some form of a nursing background.  Nurses were usually untrained and psychologists were used primarily in areas  3.  related to assessment. ment.  There was no training in the area of community involve-  The development of the medical school at the University of B.C. in  1950 further entrenched the physicians' position.  Physicians to this point  were required to spend a three month training period at McGill University. There was no inter-disciplinary team orientation during this postwar period due to severe deficiencies  in training.  The physician or  psychiatrist was by default not only the leader of a team but he also exclusively occupied administrative positions as no one else had the appropriate training. The year 1950 marked the end of what Foulkes (1974) refers to as the "asylum industry."  The advent of psychotropic drugs significantly shortened  the length of stay of patients at Essondale.  Open unlocked wards were  established in 1952.  The CMHC Movement As stressed by Allodi and Kedward (1977) the Community Psychiatry movement really began in the 1960's. to community mental health centre.  For reference purposes CMHC will refer This movement was rooted in foundations  ranging from the urban settlement houses in the Eastern cities of the U.S. in the 1880's and 1890's, the juvenile court and child guidance movement and the perspective added by Public Health in areas related to prevention was further emphasized in a speech given by President Kennedy in 1963. A U.S. report, "Action for the Mental Health" written in 1961 emphasized the CMHC as a focal point for the metwork of services.  The development of legis-  lative action and the subsequent construction of CMHC is deserving of attention.  4.  In 1949 in the U.S. the National Institute of Mental Health was formerly established and acted for change in American psychiatry. an active role in the Mental Health Sutdy Act of 1955.  NIMH played  This law directed  the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health to make recommendations for a national mental health program, federally funded to match local funds with the objection of eventually replacing the customary state hospital programs.  The attention commanded by the report and a sympathetic President  led to the enactment of laws authorizing funds for the construction of CMHC with necessary operating costs.  One umbrella feasibility was envisioned with  an inpatient unit, outpatient services and emergency services.  The Joint  Committee composed of diverse disciplines provided with a strong historic lay involvement in the CMHC movement laid the base for a broad spectrum of services. A Canadian report, "More for the Mind," written exclusively by psychiatrists and sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Convention emphasized the development of psychiatric units in general hospital.  This report in  contrast to the American version did not have as an objective the de-emphasis of services provided by CMHC's.  Regionalization was recognized but specific  references were made to regional mental hospitals functioning as psychiatric centres.  An attempt was made to elevate the status of psychiatry as a specialty  within medicine.  It should benoted that in general the report placed hosnital  care of the mentally i l l as the best alternative to care over and superior to care through a CMHC.  The Report also recommended that services to the  mentally i l l be provided on the same terms as the physically i l l under the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act.  5.  In 1959 a major departmental reorganization in B.C. occurred as Mental Health Services was transferred from the Provincial Secretary's Dept. to the Department of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, which had just been formed.  Mental Health Services were placed in the same  organizational arena as Public Health and Hopsital. In 1959 the Ross Report conducted by the American Psychiatric Association and requested by Eric Martin, Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, recommended a regionalization of mental health districts. In 1967 eight mental health planning regions was established. Initially the Burnaby Mental Health Centre established in 1961 aided in this regional approach by stimulating demand through regular travelling clinics in the Okanagan and Fraser Valley areas. in the opening of a Mental Health Centre in Kelowna in 1962.  This assisted The availability  of a psychiatrist for this service also facilitated the rapid construction of a psychiatric ward at the Kelowna General Hospital. In 1964 the Victoria MHC was constructed and the Vancouver Island Mental Health Centre opened in Nanaimo.  By 1966, 10 CMHC's were operating  throughout the province, most with travelling clinics stimulating community demand.  By 1975 twenty-five CMHC's were functioning. Administrative problems grew proportionality with the development  of CMHC in more remote areas with no access to psychiatric services. default model of CMHC administration began to develop.  The  Today traveling  clinics have largely been supplanted by sub-offices located in the community they serve.  They remain administratively attached to an office  in a larger urban area.  located  6.  From 1960-1967, the Deputy Minister of Mental Health Dr. Davidson facilitated the trasition from institutional care to more active psychiatric care of patients admitted in increasing number to acute regional hospitals along with a steady decrease in the occupancy rate of mental hospitals. In 1967 a review was conducted of the Mental Health Branch which emphasized the decentralization and regionalization of mental health programs through the .'province. The following statement was issued by the Government-in 1967:  The Mental H e a l t h Branch i s undergoing a major r e o r g a n i z a t i o n t o meet t h e changing p a t t e r n s o f care f o r t h e m e n t a l l y i l l and t h e r e t a r d e d . I t w i l l no l o n g e r be p r i m a r i l y s e r v i c e o r i e n t e d but w i l l assume i n c r e a s e d r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r t h e o v e r a l l aspect o f mental h e a l t h p l a n n i n g i n o r d e r t o f a c i l i t a t e the decentralizationand r e g i o n a l i z a t i o n o f mental h e a l t h programs throughout t h e p r o v i n c e .  An emphasis was placed on the provision of consultation and indirect services to existing agencies.  Following the Public Health format, 8 regions were  delinated based on school district but unfortunately not coterminous with Public Health boundaries. In 1968 the regulations of the B.C. Hospital Insurance Act were amended to permit the minutes to designate certain for day care and out-patient services.  In 1969 Riverview Hospital was designated an open  hospital available to qualified physicians.  This move along with the  development of the Eric Martin Institute in 1970 augmented the supply of psychiatric beds.  Pressures to Develop CMHC's in B.C. Despite these changes the distribution of psychiatrists across B.C. was very uneven.  The concept of regionalization was accompanied by a f a i r l y .  7.  r a p i d expansion o f CMHC's to f i l l  t h e gap.  T h i s was combined w i t h the  i n c r e a s i n g u t i l i z a t i o n o f p s y c h o t r o p i c m e d i c a t i o n s which h e l p e d f a c i l i t a t e the t r e a t m e n t o f the m e n t a l l y i l l w i t h i n t h e i r own e n v i r o n m e n t . Another set of pressures  developed when a r i g h t wing  government  l e d by S o c i a l C r e d i t i n the l a t e 1 9 6 0 ' s r e a c t e d c o n s e r v a t i v e l y t o the s o c i a l d i s o r g a n i z a t i o n seen i n t h e c o u n t e r - c u l t u r e movement..  A s i m i l a r and analogous  s i t u a t i o n was seen i n the a c t i o n s o f a r i g h t wing m u n i c i p a l government the c i t y o f Vancouver.  in  An i d e o l o g y r e f l e c t e d i n p l i c i e s to c o n t r o l the  a b e r r a n t b e h a v i o u r o f the " h i p p i e s " was seen a t both l e v e l s o f  government.  A unique program c o n c e n t r a t e d i n the m e t r o p o l i t a n Vancouver a r e a , planned by Dr. J . Cumming i n 1971 was o r i e n t e d toward community c o n t r o l o f the a d u l t psychotic. During the p a s t s e v e r a l y e a r s the p h y s i c i a n has been  increasingly  encouraged by M e d i c a l School and C o l l e g e s t o p l a y a g r e a t e r r o l e as a f a m i l y h e a l t h manager.  There has been c o n t i n u e d d i s c u s s i o n as t o d i f f e r e n t forms  o f health care d e l i v e r y .  A m u l t i - d i s c i p l i n a r y approach t o h e a l t h , i n c l u d i n g  mental h e a l t h i s becoming p e r v a s i v e . treatment organizations health care.  Foulkes  A need f o r r a t i o n a l and c o h e r e n t ,  i s i n c r e a s i n g l y expressed i n the general f i e l d of  (1974, p. 3 2 ) , s t a t e s , " A t t h i s p o i n t i n time we have  perhaps t h e g r e a t e s t paradox o f t h e c e n t u r y t h a t has passed s i n c e  1872.  On the one hand t h e r e i s an " o r g a n i z a t i o n a l i m p e r a t i v e " e s p e c i a l l y i n h e a l t h care.  On the o t h e r , the dehumanizing i n f l u e n c e o f the c o r p o r a t e form i n  b u s i n e s s e n t e r p r i s e and the r e v e l a t i o n by G a l b r a i t h , W h i t e , Packard and o t h e r s o f the mechanism o f the i n d u s t r i a l s t a t e , the o r g a n i z a t i o n man and hidden persuaders make f o r f e a r f u l n e s s when the h e a l t h c a r e " c o r p o r a t i o n " i s contemplated."  8.  This paradox is reflected in British Columbia Mental Health Programs.  Developments in CMHC Organization in Canada It is necessary at this point in discussing organizational issues in the administration of CMHC's to summarize briefly the default model of administrations which has grown up during the last decade. An institutional base for the delivery of service in the 1950's predisposed a medically oriented service system with a relatively rigid and prynomidal hierarchical structure.  Many of the events referred to  earlier in this chapter contribute to this state of affairs.  During the  early and middle sixties there was a concerted effort to provide psychiatric leadership to the emergent CMHC's which were developing at an increasing pace.  Some of the centres in the urban areas managed to achieve this leader-  ship and developed comfortable relationships with the psychiatric treatment institutions.  But many were not able to attain this state.  Director positions  remained vacant for such a period that i t was necessary to recruit other disciplines in an acting capacity.  1  Eventually in the early 1970 s these  acting Director positions f i l l e d by non medical professionals were confirmed as legitimate.  Friction and problems developed with the medically oriented  institutions particularly related to medical tasks such as admissions and renewal of patients' leaves.  1  During the mid.1970 s more psychiatrists were  added to staffs of CMHC primarily on a sessional  basis.  Policies reflected  a growing recognition that psychiatric time was too expensive to relate to direction and administration.  At present there are no Directors of  CMHC's in this province who are psychiatrists. tions continue with the large institutions.  Friction and misinterpreta-  9.  The implicit power of the psychiatrist remains inculcated in sessional and part-time positions related almost exclusively to high status clinical roles.  More than frequently the technology at the disposal of  the psychiatrist directly subverts the administrative directions expressed by non-medical personnel. This issue is further complicated by the impact of a multidisplinary team on coherent and integrated management of each unit.  As  indicated earlier the physician is encouraged in his training to play a greater role as a family health manager.  Psychiatric nurses are now enrolled  in management programs such as the Community Post-Basic Administration program.  Social Workers are extending their familiarity in areas related  to supervision.  Psychologists are beginning to perceive health care delivery  within a behaviourist framework.  Frequently incompatible management models  coexist within.a CMHC and between CMHC's in due geographical proximity. The objective of this thesis is to rationaln'ze these diverse perspectives by examining in some detail a model of management which has a potential for standardization and generalizability.  This model can only  be developed by addressing the type of work done in a CMHC, the-environment in which that work is done and the goals of the CMHC.  10.  Chapter 2  ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNITY  FEATURES  MENTAL  OF  HEALTH  CENTRES  A Delineation of Community Mental Health Centres At this point i t is necessary to examine a representative Community Mental Health Centre as an organization distinct in structure and form from the more traditional models based on industrial forms.  Miller (1971)  and Mechanic (1973) discuss organizations as social groupings- organized around the pursuit of specific goals.  At a high level of generality organi-  zations may be considered a collection of parts which interact with each other.  There is a general orientation toward the organization of activity  which is tuned to the achievement of overall goals.  In order that the  organization may achieve effectiveness in terms of identified goals, the structure of the organization may take a variety of forms and the collectivity of activity may assume certain functions.  It is possible to classify  and delineate organizations in a variety of ways, each subject to a degree of criticism.  The present concern is primarily the distinctive function  operative in the Community Mental Health Centres as organizations. Burns and Stalker (1961) distinguish between mechanistic and organic organizational forms.  Both of these approaches were to a Targe  11.  measure a function of the relative degree of stability in the environment. Mechanistic systems generally have a greater degree of centralization of control with a higher degree of task specialization than organic systems. Organic systems tend toward horizontal communication rather than vertical and are generally seen as more flexible than mechanistic systems. A Community Mental Health Centre possesses many of the characteristics associated with the organic form which is seen as being appropriate to changing internal and external conditions and unexpected requirements.  The required  activity of teamwork obviates the functional isolation so characteristic of mechanistic systems.  There is an adjustment and a continual re-defini-  tion of individual tasks and roles as interaction is consistently high. There is a contributive nature of special knowledge to the common task and a commitment to the task usually going beyond the technical role prescription attached to positions within the organization.  Burns and Stalker  (1961, p. 346) add: . . .organic systems a r e not h i e r a r c h i c i n the same sense as a r e m e c h a n i s t i c , they remain s t r a t i f i e d . Positions are d i f f e r e n t i a t e d a c c o r d i n g t o s e n i o r i t y , i . e . g r e a t e r expertise. The l e a d i n j o i n t d e c i s i o n s i s f r e q u e n t l y taken by s e n i o r s but i t i s an e s s e n t i a l presumption o f the o r g a n i c system t h a t the l e a d , i . e . a u t h o r i t y i s taken by whoever shows h i m s e l f most informed and c a p a b l e , i . e . the best a u t h o r i t y .  It is believed that this statement by Burns and Stalker (1961) accurately reflects the operative role of the Community Mental Health Centre administrator.  The Community Mental Health Centres as an Organization During the past several decades there has been a proliferation of formal organizations that are structured to process and/or change people.  12.  Hasenfeld and English (1974, p. 1) state, "This trend on the one hand, demonstrates the shift of socializationand social control functions from primary groups such as the family to the state, and on the other hand i t reflects the development of complex people processing and people changing techniques that can no longer be implemented in small social units." Hasenfeld (1974, pp. 1-30) discusses some of the ways in which a "human service" organization differs from other bureaucratic organizations.  Pri-  marily the organizational input is composed of people who have unique characteristics.  Contemporary technology transforms this input, resulting  in people who have been processed or changed in a predetermined manner. Secondarily in a human service organization such as a Community Mental Health Centre the general mandate is one of "service" that is to maintain and improve the general functioning and well being of people in accordance with the value system held by members of the organization.  These two major  characteristics of human service organizations are emphasized by Lefton and Rosengren (1966, p. 302) who state: T h i s t r a n s i t i o n appears t o invoke a major s h i f t i n t h e c r i t e r i a by which t h e o p e r a t i o n s o f o r g a n i z a t i o n s must be evaluated.. That i s , t h e s u b s t i t u t i o n o f what may be c a l l e d 'humanitarian' v a l u e s f o r p u r e l y economic and a d m i n i s t r a t i v e c o n s i d e r a t i o n s w i l l e v e n t u a l l y demand o r g a n i z a t i o n a l r e s p o n s i v e n e s s t o an e t h i c o f s e r v i c e r a t r a t h e r than one o f e f f i c i e n c y .  The issue of social support or social control must be considered in the light of the prevailing ideology of the time.  A relatively conservative  government such as the Social Credit movement may orient their pdlicies toward efficiency in the control of people rather than be necessarily responsive to the service or humanitarian ethic.  13.  Hasenfeld and English (1974) identify three societal performed by human service organizations.  functions  Members of society are socialized  in preparation for the occupancy of future roles.  Secondly, human service  organizations serve as institutionalized agents of social control that function by identifying individuals who fail to conform to their role prescriptions.  The functioning of societal institutions is thus encouraged to  continuewithout interruption.  Thirdly, a social integration function is  performed which provides the means and resources for the individual to assimilate with those social units of which he is an a f f i l i a t e .  The inte-  gration of the individual into society is facilitated. If we examine a Community Mental Health Centre in the light of a highly abstracted function and product, Hasenfeld (1972), Vintner (1963) and Whetten and Aldrich (1976, unpublished) suggest that i t is possible to delineate the organization as either people processing or people changing. Hasenfeld (1972) suggests that organizations displaying a dominant people processing function are primarily concerned with producing people or output with changed status and locations in various community systems.  Vintner  (1963) addresses the distinctive features of a treatment organization as being characteristic of a people changing function.  He defines a treatment  organization as one which seeks to resolve problems of deviance and to change the behaviour of people to permit adequate performance of conventional social roles.  It is suggested that a Community Mental Health Centre exemplifies  a "mix" of these two functions as stated by Hasenfeld (1972, p. 60), "Moreover, processing functions (i.e. classifying, conferring public status and disposing of clients), are integral parts of the technology of people changing organizations" (e.g. Friedson, 1965; Scheff 1966, pp. 169-187;  14.  Scott, 1969).  If one considers a continuum with a people changing function  at one pole and a people processing function at the other pole, a Community Mental Health Centre's functional locus is toward the people changing pole (See Appendix 1).  A Community Mental Health Centre is involved in people  changing activities through the utilization of psychotherapeutic on a group and individual basis.  technology  Psychotropic medication, a further func-  tional emphasis, is prescribed and dispensed in order to produce behavioural change.  A people processing function may be carried out simultaneously  or sequentially as patients are certified and/or classified according to clinical definitions of presenting behaviour and either returned to their original social set, directed toward involvement in the people processing function, or rejected through institutionalization.  A further people  processing function is reflected in the fourth option which involves referral of the patient to a more appropriate resource.  It is intended  to elaborate and correlate this material with a subsequent section of discussion relating to technology.  15.  Chapter 3  A DERIVED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTRES IN BRITISH COLUBMIA  Human Service and Medical Model of Community Mental Health Centres For the purposes of the present discussion and to facilitate a conceptualization of Community Mental Health Centres, operations in the Province of British Columbia i t is useful to bear in mind the distinction made by Schulberg and Baker (1970) between a medical practice model of Community Mental Health Centres operations and a human service model. A structural arrangement comprising the medical practice model is predicated on medical leadership and responsibility.  Supervision of virtually all  community mental health services may be implied.  The human service model,  much more representative of Community Mental Health Centres structure in British Columbia, features non-medical administration and a perception of the Community Mental Health Centre as a supportive catalytic resource in which exchange relationships and feedback mechanisms move toward formalizations.  Schulberg and Baker (1970) indicate the prevalence of the human  service model in rural areas and where programming has a strong social action component.  The human service model epitomizes an organic open  system with all its attributes and characteristics.  Schulberg and Baker  (1970, p. 439) state, "For the network to be viable it must be sensitive  16.  to the aspirations and limitations of its component members as well as being aware of the varied ways in which environmental forces impinge upon it."  There will be an elaboration of this issue in Chapter 4.  A Perspective of Organization Structure (Pugh Model) At this juncture there will be an examination of the organizational structure of a derived Community Mental Health Centre currently functioning in the Province of British Columbia.  At the onset, however i t is necessary  to operationalize the term structure which is subject quite frequently to mi s i nterpretation. A condition of scarcity exists in a' CMHC program which is highly labour-intensive.  Community mental health systems increasingly must develop  interdependences with their environments.  Exchange relationships between  Community Mental Health Centres and other organizations are predicated on scarcity of resources.  With these factors in mind and recognizing the  characteristics distinguishing an organization in terms of collectivity of action i t is appropriate to view structure from the perspective suggested by systems theory.  The perspective offered by systems theory affords the  formal recognition that contextual variables and organization structure are multi-dimensional constructs which interact with each other in a multvariate process.  Such a recognition suggests the discussions provided by  Levitt (1964), Lievegoed (1969), Katz and Kahn (1966) and Emery and Trist (1975).  Blalock and Blalock (1959, p. 74) regard structure as the rela-  tionship between elements and state, "Most generally it is a tool used to describe relationships between elements in a system with respect to certain variables, the variables chosen being dependent upon the purpose of analysis."  17.  Regarding structure from the theory base provided by systems theory provides us the added recognition of the time dimension.  Miller (1974, p. 38) states:  "The s t r u c t u r e o f a system i s t h e arrangement o f i t s sub-systems and components i n t h r e e d i m e n s i o n a l space a t a g i v e n moment o f time. I t may remain r e l a t i v e l y f i x e d f o r a long p e r i o d o r v a r y from moment t o moment depending on the c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f the p r o c e s s i n t h e system."  Although, Ackoff (1973, pp. 85-98) identifies  structure as only one element  of the organization, the concept may be regarded as a highly significant factor which will provide a theory base for discussion with respect to the target variables of technology, environment and organizational goals.  It  is necessary to address organizational structure emphasizing basic structure with less reference to operating mechanisms as discussed by Lawrence and Lorsch (1970, p. 1).  Derived Structure of Community Mental Health Centres It is necessary to d i s t i l a derived organizational structure of a Community Mental Health Centre representative of Centres., outside the Greater Vancouver area and contained within the larger structure of Community Mental Health Programs of the British Columbia Department of Health.  It  is anticipated that this structural analysis will provide the reader with a reasonably accurate picture of Community Mental Health Centres opeations at the community level in British Columbia.  As there is a primary concern  with the development of administrative propositions with an emphasis on staffing patterns and role functions of employees within the derived organizational structure (See Appendix p. 18) state:  2).  Levenson and Ruff (1970,  18.  "In many r e s p e c t s each o f these c e n t r e s i s unique, f o r each s e r v e s what i s e s s e n t i a l l y a unique community. At t h e same time, however these c e n t e r s share many common f e a t u r e s . One p a r t i c u l a r l y important group o f common f e a t u r e s and e x p e r i e n c e s i s t h a t which r e l a t e s to t h e development o f s t a f f i n g p a t t e r n s . "  To contain discussion within manageable boundaries a model will be utilized by Pugh et al.  (1969, pp. 65-105) which identifies four basic  underlying dimensions of structure present in all work organizations and excluding voluntary organizations. With due recognition to environmental and demographic factors the policy of community mental health program reflects a recognition and acceptance of an inter-disciplinary team approach as a functional method of delivering mental health services within our province. Traditionally, there has been an acceptance of the four core mental health disciplines, psychiatry, social work, psychology and nursing.  Pharmaceutical services  may or may not be provided by the Community Mental Health Centres largely dependent on the availability and u t i l i t y of services coexisting in the community, such as hospital pharmacies and their accessibility to the professional and patient population of the area serviced. Dependent largely on financial constraints and perceived community need, occupational and/or activity therapists may be attached to a Community Mental Health Centre.  Usually these positions are sessional  in nature,  are not public service positions and are funded through other governmental organizations such as the Community Care Facilities Society.  Variations  in terms of required education and/or experience exists in all these positions and to a large degree are dependent on financial constraints and manpower availability.  Community Mental Health Programs policy statements  19.  accept the need for one professional staff drawn from the four core disciplines as being required per/10,000 population.  Operationally a Community  Mental Health Centre staff configuration for the purpose of our discussion consist of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, a part-time pharmacist dispensing primarily psychotropic medication on referral. activity therapist and two clerical staff are included.  An  Such a configuration  is considered appropriate in terms of our administrative model and the derivation of generalizable administrative strategies applicable to the operations conducted by a Community Mental Health Centre within the province. The f i r s t dimension to be considered is "structuring of activities" which subsumes the structural variables of standardization, formalization, specialization and vertical span.  Pugh et al.  (1969) discuss structuring  of activities in terms of the degree of specificity of role prescriptions existing within the organization.  If one examines the role prescriptions  of the four core mental health disciplines provided in (Appendix 2) one is struck by the high degree of abstraction contained in the characteristics of the position.  Role ambiguity and role blurring and the tolerance for  these states may be regarded as a prerequisite for employment in a Community Mental Health Centre with four to six program staff.  Relatively unrestricted  intake procedures, the spectrum of human problems covered and the frequent absence of staff from their office locations predispose a relatively low degree of specificity of role prescription (See Appendix 2).  Unrestricted  intake procedures and small staff size is reflected in both low specificity of procedures to cases and low specificity of tasks to roles.  Further dis-  cussion in this area will be undertaken when technology is considered.  20.  A second dimension deemed by Pugh et al.  (1968) as being s i g n i f i -  cant is that of line control of work flow in contrast to inpersonal control of work flow.  In the considered, derived organizational structure, the  Community Mental Health Centre may be seen as a heavy and high degree of line work flow control.  Whittington (1973, p. 57) states, ". .  .especially  in mental health agencies the individual staff member operates with a high degree of autonomy and privacy which, defies the imposition of sterotyped, predictable behaviour by any individual in a management position or by any administrative or management system."  Each staff member usually considered  to be a professional who is capable of functioning with l i t t l e or no supervision, indeed the term supervision is now largely ignored in favour of the term consultation.  Individual staff members have autonomy within the  paramters of their operational role to establish waiting lists provided the decision is made in terms of their professional  expertise.  A third organizational dimension discussed by Pugh et al. is designated the supportive component.  (1968)  This factor is primarily concerned  with the amount of activity auxiliary to the main work flow of the organization.  Operationally in our derived, organizational structure this dimen-  sion is reflected in non-control supportive activities of clerical staff. For our purposes a Medical Records-Receptionist and a Stenographer are utilized (See Appendix 2).  Further reference will be made to this area in  the discussion relating to technology. A final and perhaps most significant strucutral dimension with a number of implications for Community Mental Health Centres administration is concerned with concentration of authority.  Pugh et al.  (1968, p. 36)  regard this dimension as marked by the opposition of centralization and  21.  authority, and state, "Specialization is in the direction of dispersed authority, as would be expected; with more specialization, authority is likely to be distributed to the specialists."  As indicated in previous  discussions the program staff of the Community Mental Health Centres derived organizational structure consists of four members drawn from four core mental health disciplines, each with considerable expertise and a high degree of specialization despite the pervasive presence of rdTe blurring and a degree of substitutability of function.  Whittingdon (1973, p. 79) suggests  that such a staff configuration predisposes dispersed authority and participation is a transcendent good in i t s e l f and that a democratic process is likely to bring positive moral good."  It should be noted that disci-  plinary consultants in the management sector possess linkages to each discipline in the centre within the parameters largely of clinical activity. On occasion authoritative functions may be assumed by the disciplinary consultant but usually this only occurs on the request of the designated administration.  Leadership functions in a Community Mental Health Centre  are codified at a very high level of abstraction permitting a high degree of f l e x i b i l i t y of response by the delegated administrator.  The administrator  is selected usually from one of the four core mental health disciplines. Officially the selection of an administrator is made by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Mental Health Programs however considerable influence on the decision is exerted by existing staff of the Community Mental Health Centre particularly veto powers.  The administrator receives nominal financial  recognition with the result that other staff members frequently receive more renumeration in terms of salary than the administrator. Generally the administrator is responsible for developing program parameters.  However,  22.  considerable legal accountability is attached to the position, as the administrator is also designated a Superintendent of a Mental Health Facility. It is appropriate at this point to discuss briefly a derived profile of a Community Mental Health Centre administrator within the context of the inter-disciplinary team.  Within the structure which we are  discussing, each administrator is selected from one of the four mental health disciplines and carries his clinical heritage to his administrative position.  He is subsequently required to maintain both clinical and admini-  strative role functions simultaneously.  Perhaps the most apparent and  potentially hazardous aspect of Community Mental Health Centre administration is the dilemma of the "Clinician-executive" as discussed by Levinson and Klerman (1967, pp. 3-15).  Such a situation is discussed by Herschowitz  (1968, p. 1) who states: "The i n e x p e r i e n c e d community mental h e a l t h l e a d e r w r e s t l e s c o n s t a n t l y with h i s r o l e c h o i c e s ; he must s e l e c t c o n s t a n t l y from h i s cards o f i d e n t i t y and r o l e r e p e r t o i r e a p r e s e n t a t i o n o f s e l f which w i l l n o t be incongruent with t h e e x p e c t a t i o n s o f r e c i p r o c a l o t h e r s and w i l l f a c i l i t a t e t a s k accomplishment."  In essence a Community Mental Health Centre administrator is responsible for the orchestration of an inter-disciplinary team in accordance with an attempt to retionalize highly abstracted official goals with the informal goals of the Community Mental Health Centre.  These informal opera-  tive goals are usually derived from the achievement of some degree of consensus among the diverse professional values and mental health ideologies present in the composition of the team. means.  Not a small task by any manner of  23.  The increasing pace and tempo of mental health technologies has caused differentiation and increasing specialization among mental health disciplines.  Increasing differentiation implicitly and explicitly pre-  disposes the need for integration embodied in the expected role function of the Community Mental Health Centre administrator. to combat service and professional fragmentation.  There is an attempt  Selig (1976, p. 18) in  a paper discussing inter-disciplinary team leadership states, "The ability to integrate and coordinate different personality styles and technical knowledge and s k i l l are important attributes."  As will be discussed in a  later section the Community Mental Health Centre Administrator must not only establish goal oriented team activity but also facilitate the maintenance of team activity and survival.  Facilitating shared ideologies,  reconciling theoretical approaches, decision making, effective communication and matching people with jobs are among the more significant aspects of the role function of the Community Mental Health Centre administrator.  24.  Chapter 4  FACTORS  RELATING  TO  ORGANIZATIONAL  A  DERIVED  STRUCTURE  Organizational Goals Organizations, definitively may be regarded as  collectivities  of actions or social grouping which are oriented and developed around the pursuit of goals.  Etzioni (1964, p. 32) states of organizations, "They  differ from families, tribes and other social .collectivities  in the extent  of their planning, the more limited scope of their goals and the degree of substitutability of their personnel."  Organizational goals as expressed  in much of the 1iterature have been addressed in terms of the degree to which the organization may be described as effective.  Etzioni (1964) refers  to this approach as the goal model and draws attention to some of the shortcomings.  The system model of organizational analysis refers more to  a set of goal activities rather than starting from the goal i t s e l f .  Etzioni  (1964) relates both the system model and the goal model to the means by which the effectiveness of an organization may be assessed.  The system  model is more concerned with the closeness which an organization comes to optimally distributing resources.  It is possible that both these broad  approaches may be equally applicable.  Robins (1972, p. 210) states, "There  25.  seems to the writer no reason to consider these as mutually exclusive approaches to the analysis of organizational effectiveness." The current discussion is not primarily concerned with assessing the effectiveness or efficiency of the Community Mental Health Centres but rather ts concerned with the optimal administrative style which should be considered given the type of goals of the focal organization.  Organizational  goals subsume a variety of dimensions and perspectives dependent largely on the purpose to which the term itself is applied, the type of analysis and the goals of the analysis. Given the space permitted i t would seem appropriate to omit a comprehensive review of the literature in terms of the diverse facets and ambiguities implicit in addressing either the system or goal model exclusively.  The writer is inclined to address the subject of organizational  goals from the perspective of Mechanic (1973, p. 139) who states, "Thus the human relations school emerged with an appreciation that human outcomes were the product of more than merely physcial manipulations of the environment."  It is not the intent of this discussion to address psycho-social  variables directly in the consideration of Community Mental Health Centres goals.  Their existence is recognized but i t is hoped to d i s t i l l relatively  generalizable features of the goal structure and relate them to an administrative model of relevance to the Community Mental Health Centres structure in the Province of British Columbia. Administration in Community Mental Health Centres take place within a context which includes organizational goals.  Indeed, one may suggest  that goals are representative of social and political forces which both constrain and supply contingencies to Community Mental Health Centres  26.  administration.  The subject is of considerable importance.  It is necessary  to address the matrix or field in which goals are embedded and are derived, specifically in the field of health.  Blum (1968) suggests the importance  of considering the inter-relationship between values and goals.  Values are  derived from man's need to develop "rules for living" as a result of his need to survive and cope with continuing interaction with his environment. Values predispose a hierarchy of goals in any organization and lay the basis for goal oriented behaviour.  In referring to the state of the art of goal  definition in the health f i e l d , Blum (1968, p. 401) states, "Among the blocks to goal definition are the conflicts between the instrumental values of health and health as an end in itself between quantity and quality, between short run and long run, abstract and concrete goals."  Blum (1968),  states emphatically that goals must be broken down into more practical sub-elements or dimensions.  The dimension selected for study must be  consistent with the objective of the study.  In this discussion, the achieve-  ment of a model describing an administrator's stance is predicated on the verification of the goal dimension selected. As has been indicated in previous discussion, work tasks and role prescriptions in a Community Mental Health Centre are not rigidly prescribed or specified.  Human service organizations are particularly prone  and vulnerable to the initiation of personal goals which may or may not be compatible with organizational goals, no matter what the level of abstraction may be or the particular dimension selected for study.  Mechanic  (1973, p. 147) discusses the propensity for goal dispersal in Community Mental Health Centres and states, "Each of several organizational components may respond to its own situation, emphasize its own needs and emphasize its  27.  own agenda independent of the needs of the whole."  In considering the  existing decentralized Community Mental Health Centres structure in British Columbia, goal dispersal becomes of significant importance as each centre comes to define crucial issues and priorities on the basis of a distorted picture of the whole.  Mechanic (1973, p. 147) continues in his discussion  of goal dispersal and states, "Administrative direction is particularly crucial in decentralized units, for each unit tends to only see a piece of the action and comes to define the crucial issues and priorities on the basis of a distorted picture of the whole"  It will be suggested in sub-  sequent discussion that goal displacement and the intangibility or tangibility of organizational goals have considerable significance in terms of the required Community Mental Health Centres administration infra-structure.  Organizational Technology The term technology is open to a wide variety of interpretations and its usage appears to vary with the context and purpose of the discussion. There is considerable disagreement on the conceptual definition of technology largely as a result of the researcher's failure to recognize and address the dimensions subsumed by the term itself.  Mohr (1971, p. 446)  states, "Clearly technology is not in i t s e l f a variable but rather only a very broad concept that must become more specific to be useful in research and theory."  At the conceptual level the term technology has been treated  in a variety of ways.  Perrow (1967, p. 194) considers technology as one  of the defining characteristics of organizations and addresses technology as the actions which an individual performs on an object in order to make some changes in that object.  The object may be a living being, a symbol  28.  or an inanimate object.  Georgopoulous (1972, p. 146) related a conceptual  definition to the health care field and states, "We mean to define technology very broadly as including the characteristics of the inputs, the characteristics of the transformation activities performed by men or machines on these inputs and the characteristics of the output."  Ricks (1973, p. 242)  addresses technology on a conceptual level in terms of mental health organizations and states, "A technology is simply a collection of activities which are believed to produce desired outcomes.  Examples are such enterprises  as shock treatment, behavioural modification, client centred therapy, etc." Theremust be a realization that technology takes place within the context of a Community Mental Health Centre.  Within this context,  attendant organizational structures are established which to a large degree regulate the execution of the technology employed by the organization. Perrow (1967, p. 195) in addressing technology on a conceptual level states: "People a r e raw m a t e r i a l s i n people changing o r people p r o c e s s i n g o r g a n i z a t i o n s ; symbols a r e m a t e r i a l s i n banks, a d v e r t i s i n g a g e n c i e s and some r e s e a r c h o r g a n i z a t i o n s ; t h e i n t e r a c t i o n s o f people a r e raw m a t e r i a l s t o be manipulated by a d m i n i s t r a t o r s i n o r g a n i z a t i o n s . "  The manipulation of organizational structures by an administrator f a c i l i tates the control and co-ordination of the technology employed and ultimately determines the effectiveness of the organization in terms of goal achievement.  Ricks (1973, p. 241) states: "Everyone knows t h a t t h e s e s t r u c t u r e s a r e important f o r d e t e r m i n i n g the b e h a v i o r o f one's p r o f e s s i o n a l a c t i v i t i e s and o f t h e type o f s e r v i c e r e c e i v e d by t h e c l i e n t p o p u l a tion. In t u r n t e c h n o l o g y e s t a b l i s h e s broad parameters o f a d m i n i s t r a t i v e t a c t i c s w i t h i n the o r g a n i z a t i o n a l s t r u c t u r e s established.  29.  To reiterate somewhat, and as Mohr (1974) suggests, to lower the level of abstraction and further operationalize the term technology, must be emphasized that a'variety of dimensions are subsumed.  it  Litwak (1961)  discusses the feasibility of one basic dimension in his reference to task uniformity and the importance of its relationship to organizational work flow. Woodward (1965) drew attention to the possible categorization of organizations along a scale of "technical complexity."  A scale from unit  production to mass production of standardized goods suggested an increasing ability to reduce uncertainty and enhance predictability of results. Woodward (1965) limited her study to 300 industrial organizations in England which has been a source of criticism from a number of quarters.  Hage and  Aiken (1969) reject the applicability of Woodward's findings in terms of their applicability to people processing organizations. Perrow (1967) derived a similar basic technological dimension to that of Litwak (1961). routine to non-routine. dimension.  Basic tasks of organizations were scaled from Work flow routines was identified as a basic  In addition Perrow addressed the uniformity of technological  transformations occurring in the throughput as being a significant factor in technology.  If the organization input is stable and uniform and much  is known about the particular technology employed then the organiztion was considered to have a routine work flow. Hickson et al.  (1969, pp. 378-397) attempted to demonstrate a  "technological imperative" in terms of organizational structure but only succeeded in demonstrating the multi-dimensional nature of technology which operates along with other contextual factors in a multi-variate  30.  process with organizational structure.  However, they emphasized the impor-  tance of work flow integration and appeared to demonstrate  successfully  that the smaller the organization the wider the structural effects of technology.  The closer the organizational structures are located to the work  flow the more significant is the effect on technology. in summarizing Hickson et al.  Mohr (1971, p. 446)  (1969) states of his findings, "However i t  seems to be largely a measure of the degree of automation or complexity at the system level - a dimension that appears similar to Woodward's." Hage and Aiken (1969, pp. 366-375) examine the concept of technology in relation to people processing organizations borrowing largely from Litwak (1961) and Perrow (1967).  Both Mohr (1971) and Hage and Aiken  (1969) recognize the multi-dimensional nature of technology and attempt to derive a general technological dimension.  Hage and Aiken (1969, p. 299)  examine routines of work flow as a generalizable and basic dimension of technology and state: The degree o f r o u t i n e s i s one domension o f t e c h n o l o g y t h a t can be a p p l i e d e q u a l l y t o people p r o c e s s i n g , i n d u s t r i a l and o t h e r k i n d s o f o r g a n i z a t i o n s and i t can p r o v i d e t h e b a s i s f o r g e n e r a l p r o p o s i t i o n s t h a t can be t e s t e d i n many o r g a n i z a t i o n a l c o n t e x t s .  Mohr (1971) reinforces this view in suggesting that most of the conceptualizations of technology used in empirical research have been fairly closely gathered around the idea of predictability of work flow operations or routines of work.  One must be careful to designate whether work flow  routines as a primary dimension of technology is applied to the organization as a whole or to actual jobs performed by individual workers.  Mohr (1971),  p. 446) states, "For this reason the studies of Woodward (1965), Hickson  31.  et al. (1969), Hage and Aiken (1969) and Perrow (1967) all have a definite relevance for one another."  Organizational Environment If we continue to view our focal organization, the Community Mental Health Centre as an open system we must of necessity concern ourselves with the matrix or environment which interfaces with the organization.  The  major difference between a living organic focal organization and that of a non-living closed system is that the former is changed in the course of interacting with its environment (and adjusting to their environment and also in such a dynamic process the environment itself is changed.  An open  system as discussed earlier is characterized by a regular flow of resources from the environment and a continuous outflow of transformed material back into the environment. ment of the system.  Feedback mechanisms facilitate the balance in moveRicks (1973, p. 243) comments on the Community Mental  Health Centres as an open system and states, "Since the environment contacts the organization at both ends of its operation the organization can never be a closed system and therefore i t must seek ways of dealing with its dependence on the environment."  Ricks (1973) succinctly emphasizes that  the technology which is characteristic of the focal system must be TOnitored to gear itself to the demands of the environment.  Understanding the char-  acteristics and needs of the environment of our focal organization is essential  in understanding the structure and administration of a Community  Mental Health Centre.  Schulberg and Baker (1970, p. 441) speak of the  importance of environment and state:  32.  The s i g n i f i c a n c e o f t h e environment f o r a community mental h e a l t h program i s w i d e l y r e c o g n i z e d , regardles's o f whether t h e program i s o r g a n i z e d on t h e m e d i c a l p r a c t i c e o r human s e r v i c e s model and c o n s i d e r a b l e a t t e n t i o n i s devoted by i t t o both t h e geographic community which i t serves as w e l l as t h e o t h e r o r g a n i z a t i o n systems.  They suggest that administrative flexibility and new technical are required in order to address the growing significance of environment which occurs as increasing emphasis is placed on primary prevention. O'Brien (1973, p. 169) in speaking on inter-organizational relationships in the mental health field comments on the importance of environment and states, "Thus even where such collaboration does not directly result in the development of new programs, the range of organizational and environmental interaction that occurs will markedly effect how an organization operates." The term environment has been defined in a variety of ways, and is in many ways analogous to the term technology in that it undoubtedly subsumes a variety of dimensions.  Dill (1958, pp. 409-443) i n i t i a l l y intro-  duced the term task environment which concentrated primarily on those parts of the organizations environment which were deemed relevant to goal and goal attainment.  setting  The term task environment was also perceived as  informational input derived from external sources which is relevant to goal achievement. Lawrence and Lorsch (1967) also concern themselves with how an organization relates to segments of its environments.  They define environ-  ment as the information available to administrators which is relevant to the pursuit of organizational goals.  No distinction is made between the  real attributes of the environment and the administrator's perception of  33.  these attributes.  Baker (1973, p. 11) notes that Duncan (1972) is critical  of the conceptualizations of Lawrence and Lorsch in that he feels their opinions relate to the perception of the environment as a total  entity.  In brief the findings of Lawrence and Lorsch (1967) emphasize the importance of a "fit" between organization and environment and suggest that i f the organization is to be successful  in dealing with its environment, internal  system processes must be consistent with environmental demands. Emery  and Trist (1967) appear to have made a significant impact  in the conceptualization of organizational environment relative to the field of Community Mental Health.  Both O'Brien (1973) and Schulberg and  Baker (1970) appear to be comfortable in relating the Community Mental Health Centres to the four fold typology developed by Emergy and Trist. In essence Emergy and Trist (1967, pp. 21-32) introduce the concept "of causal texture" to refer to processes and inter-dependencies occurring within the environment of an organization.  The first type is regarded as  a placid randomized environment which is characterized by very l i t t l e connection between the past of the environment.  A second idealized environ-  ment is regarded as "placid clustered" in which "goods" and "noxiants" are relatively unchanging but are clustered.  Thirdly the disturbed reactive  environment is characterized by similar organizations competing for similar "goods" in the environment.  A turbulent environment is seen as developing  from the interaction of organizations in the field but also the field itself is in motion.  Both these processes contribute to turbulence.  All four  ideal types require an organizational strategy and differ in terms of the degree of predictability or uncertainty which confronts the organization as i t attempts to maintain its balance in movement.  Terryberry (1968,  pp. 519-613) emphasizes the uncertainty of some organizational environments  34.  and suggests that organizations are increasingly finding themselves in turbulent field conditions which exceeds the organization's capacity for prediction.  New mechanisms such as environmental or systemic monitoring  units assume increased importance as there is a striving to reduce uncertainty by the organization. Gabarro (1973, pp. 196-215) points out that i f environments change, the patterns of organizational structure must also change in order to remain effective in terms of goal attainment.  Strategies by which the  organization relates to its environment are discussed.  These strategies  will be operationalized in a later section. Gabarro (1973, p. 196) refers to the studies of Dill (1962), Emery and Trist (1965), Lawrence and Lorsch (1967), Thompson (1967) and Jerryberry  (1968) and states, "The dominant theme in these studies is  that some patterns of organization and behaviour seem to be more appropriate to certain environmental and task characteristics than others." In a concise attempt to operationalize environmental concepts and facilitate empirical research, Duncan (1972) examines the components and dimensions of environment.  A distinction is made between an internal  organizational environment defined as those relevant physical and social factors within the boundaries of the organization which are taken into consideration by decision makers and the external environment which refers to physical and social factors, relevant and occurring outside the organizational boundaries. a later section.  Further reference to this definition will be made in  Duncan (1972, p. 315) extracts two basic environmental  dimensions and states of the f i r s t dimension: The simple p a r t o f t h e simple-complex dimension d e a l s w i t h t h e degree t o which the f a c t o r s i n t h e d e c i s i o n  35.  u n i t s environment a r e few i n number and a r e s i m i l a r t o one another. The complex phase i n d i c a t e s t h a t t h e f a c t o r s i n t h e d e c i s i o n u n i t s environment a r e l a r g e i n number.  The second dimension, that of "static dynamic" refers to the degree to which factors of the decision units internal and external environment remain similar over time or are in a continuous process of change.  Duncan (1972)  indicates that the degree of uncertainty which confronts the organization is highest under dynamic complex environmental field conditions and suggest this specific funding is consistent with the theoretical material provided by Thompson (1967), Terryberry (1968) and Emergy and Trist (1965). Jerkovitch (1973, pp. 380-393), presents a core typology of environmental types.  Consistent with the 1iterature mentioned earlier he suggests  that different types of environments have implications for those individuals responsible for the planning of strategies, operations and tactics.  The  work of Jerkovitch will be discussed more thoroughly and operationally in a later section. Schulberg and Baker (1970, p. 443) in discussing the importance of organizational environments state, "As a result, pressure is being directed toward the mental health system to reorganize its structure and to realign its priorities.  Administrative flexibility and new technical  competencies will be required to meet changing environmental demands."  36.  Chapter 5  THE  SOCIAL  IN  TREATMENT  RELATION  TO  THE  MODEL  CMHC  Community Mental Health Technology In this section, i t will be necessary to address the concept of technology; lower the level of abstraction, and address the social model.  treatment  Ricks (1973, p. 22) states, "Organizations are formed around various  technologies and, in many respects, the nature of the technology and the criteria by which it is judged, determine the structure of the organization." Mental Health organizations, such as CMHC's, by virtue of their interdisciplinary composition and the diverse schools of thought embodied in each discipline passes or have access to a variety of technologies which are utilized, or have the potential to be utilized, in the organizations! iiicvement toward individual and collective organizational objectives.  Behaviour  modification, insight-giving theory, client centred theory, group theory, chemotherapy  —all  for utilization.  these examples of technology may be present and available  Consultation and support provided by disciplinary con-  sultants and others, provide a further source of technology related to such things as innovative ideas, which may generate the more effective u t i l i z a tion of existing technology, assist in the revision of new method or ways of working within the objectives of the CMHC.  37.  It is necessary, in this section also, to examine the importance of how technologies operative in CMHC's, must be aligned with environmental demands consonant with the objectives of the organization.  One may suspect  that the administrator's role function must address this alignment and possibly monitor changes in the surrounding organizational environment, changes occurring in the type of technologies utilized and the methods in which they are applied to the patient which form the input and raw material of the system.  In other words, one of the areas of prime concern must relate to  the identification of the appropriate administrative position or stance which will maintain, enhance or improve the technology available to move the organization toward the identified objectives.  Administration governs the  utilization of technology. To a large extent, the harnessing of technology available in a CMHC, given the relatively autonomous and decentralized structures existing in B.C.; depend upon the attitude expressed by the administrators.  A state-  ment by Greenblatt, Sharaf and Stone (1971, p. 44) reflects this statement when they state, "a decision about the basic philosophy of treatment usually contains a number of other implicit or explicit decisions about other competing treatments about which staff members are best equipped to carry out preferred modes of treatment and about what kinds of treatment."  Cumming  and Cumming (1967, pp. 107-134) also emphasize the importance of this cussion when they address the problem of authority and how its alteration may influence the ego building process in the patient contained within the structure of the system.  38.  Issues Relation to Utilization of the Inter-disci piiriary Team Inter-disciplinary teams are now a relatively well accepted method of delivering mental health care. are in a state of change.  The ideologies related to health care  There is no longer talk about sickness and medicine,  instead discussion about health, wellness and prevention are more apparrent. Medical care may be merely "symptomatic" treatment i f we ignore such factors as environment, pollution,media and the increasing anomie seen in high rise development.  Comprehensive responses to a comprehensive problem are required.  With the rapid development of technology in Mental Health, specialized and technical fields have developed in order to keep up with emerging findings. There has been a proliferation of specialized fields within existing disciplines.  The technology related to neuro-psychology is now an occupational  sub-speciality within clinical psychology, as administrators are required to specify the "type" of psychologist included in the treatment team.  With  increasing differentiation the need for the integrative skill of the CMHC administrator also increases.  Diversity of disciplines are required to  reach an objective which has a base of multi-causation.  The inter-disci-  plinary team is now regarded as an acceptable, indeed inevitable method of relating to a problem which has a multiple etiology.  Selig (1976, p. 10)  states, "As previously indicated, a basic assumption underlying the rationale for the development of teams is that the specialized knowledge of any one professional is no longer sufficient to solve the problem confronting us.  A more shortened way of expressing i t is that a systems  approach is necessary."  The administrator must address this assumption  and work toward productive conflict management through shared decisionmaking oriented toward a productive conflict management through shared  39.  decision-making oriented toward a process of compromise or consensus. An administrative technology, designed to make more equal the skills of diverse disciplinary representatives  is required in order to address the increasingly  sophisticated and multi-faceted problems of deli verying mental health care. Team delivered mental health care explicitly accents the philosophy of the utilization of diverse technologies in working toward organizational goals.  A representative interdisciplinary mental health team is a croup  of people with fairly specific tasks which require inter-dependent and col 1aberative effort of all members.  The sharing of space and physical  proximity does not create team based mental health care. strative posture must be adopted and maintained.  A conscious admini-  Rubin and Beckhart (1974,  p. 316), emphasize a primary issue in the delivery of health care when they state:  "No one member of the team has been trained to be knowledgeable in  all the areas required. . . .  The anxieties and frustrations are inevitable -  an inherent part of providing care."  An administrative posture which accepts  the philosophy of diversity will quickly recognize the necessity for the team to examine how i t will work. Rubin and Bechart (1974, p. 103) states, "In any case, community health care institutions should develop a compatability for helping delivery teams conscientously work on improving their own internal effectiveness through working on their internal processes and relations."  Inter-disciplinary  teams in the mental health f i e l d , operating in small ambulatory care centres, possess considerable role ambiguity as several members may perform the same functions for different patients.  Role expectations are unclear, as one  team member's knowledge of other team members' 'technological is usually vague and unclear.  expertise'  Goal priorities are frequently conflictive  40.  among team members as colleagues with different information and s k i l l s must, in many instances, achieve consensus or compromise in decision making. These issues, and others, must be addressed by the administrator of a CMHC as i t facilitates team examination of such factors as:  who does what work?,  how will this be decided? what are the role expectations of each member for the other?  Other issues may initiate an examination of the personal and pro-  fessional development needs expressed by individual team members. A high level of tolerance of ambiguity as to role functioning may be seen as necessary under certain circumstances where an appropriate response to a rapid environmental change requires flexible innovative action in order to achieve the goals of the organization.  The absence of the team members  on an irregular basis, in a small centre, may require a degree of role substitutability as one team member, where the modality of treatment is unique, may be forced to accept and apply the rudiments of a conflictive treatment modality.  An example is seen as a social worker assumes the responsibility  for monitoring patients who require psychotropic medication.  If the social  worker approves an organic method of treatment, his actions may violate his sense of integrity. Rubin and Beckhart (1974, pp. 121-124) addresses and summarizes two major organizational implications related to the application of multiple treatment modalities in terms of the management of community based health care.  I n i t i a l l y , the issue of "reference groups" as collaborative team  work must be achieved.  Psychiatric nurses may find i t difficult to discuss  cases with psychiatrists due to their attitudes toward their own competence. A reduction in information flow may occur with l i t t l e challenging of ideas and low level compromise effected.  Administrators must facilitate an  41.  articulation of organizational objectives and the validity of each team member's contribution in moving the system toward these objectives. A second issue is that of multiple loyalties.  If one examines  the implications of physician membership on a treatment team, i t is necessary for a role definition to be applied, either by team consensus or by fiat. The needs to conserve the resources of the physician requires the recognition that other treatment team members may have a legitimatized right to provide certain services.  This legitimatization tends to further the problem of  "reference groups" referred to earlier; as a paraprofessional is embedded in both a disciplinary value structure and the norms and values of the organization.  Often, these two frameworks appear incompatible to the team  member which precipitates involvement by a CMHC administrator as he attempts to relate all team members to the primary objective of patient care. It is the task of this discussion to address an aspect of the work employed by inter-disciplinary teams with reference to the most effective stance in terms of identified organizational goals.  The Unified Treatment Approach An administrator of a CMHC may, according to his treatment philosophy, further the development of multiple modalities or technologies or attempt to provide a unified approach to the people changing function of the organization.  An administrator who fosters an ideology emphasizing  psychodynamic constructs may, through the exercise of social mileau therapy, utilize the total hospital or clinic environment or vehicle for patient change.  Role diffusion and an emphasis on staff equality enters the ascendancy.  42.  Cumming and Cumming (1967) appear to be strong proponents of this unified approach; to the point where they suggest an administrator of a psychiatric hospital should delegate complete autonomy to the ward physician in his work toward a total theraputic environment. One of the major criticisms of the unified approach to the u t i l i zation of treatment technology is the need for clearly defined leadership. Cumming and Cumming (1967, p. 125) state, "Firm and unambiguous leadership seems essential  in dealing with the mentally i l l ; the goal is to get the  patients to solve their own problems, not to involve them in deciding the policy of the hospital."  As indicated in Appendix 2 and the discussion  related to the derived organizational structure of a CMHC; the criteria for successful  administration in our context is the individual's tolerance  for ambiguity.  However, there are definitely some clear advantages to  the unified approach.  Greenblatt, Sharaf and Stone (1971, pp. 46-47),  suggest that one particular technology or treatment modality may be expressed and utilized more effectively.  Another advantage stressed is the avoidance  of staff discard and the self-selection of a group of heterogeneous individuals.  This may also be a disadvantage as there should be more  recognition of the positive and constructive nature of the conflict process. The rapid development of psychiatric technologies as seen in the human potential movement and the ever increasing availability of mood altering drugs, would tend to make one think twice about an administrator who would adopt this type of stance to the exclusion of all others.  An  organization subscribing to this approach may well run the risk of losing its organicity, as attributes of a closed organizational system come into evidence.  43.  The Multiple Treatment Approach The administrator may bring to a CMHC a philosophy which would encourage the application of multiple treatment modalities, or in some cases, the facilitation of technologies which may have similar objectives, but conflicting methods by which their agreed upon objectives are achieved. Ambiguity becomes potentially destructive.  This approach is stressed as  being more rational by Greenblatt, Sharaf and Stone (1967, p. 47) who state, "No single idiological position can possibly serve, either to guide our future adequately in view of our massive ignorance about the etiology and disease process of mental illness or to encompass the advances that have been made in other fields such as biology, sociology and education."  If  one examines the functioning of a CMHC in the Province of B.C. there would appear to be a policy commitment to the principle of diversity.  The principal  therapist concept actively encouraged in a majority of Centres does not explicitly favour one occupational group over another.  The source of  administrative staff may rest in any one of a number of diciplines. It is felt that the multiple treatment modalities approach argues for the realization of the creative potential of the staff members of the clinic.  An administrator, tolerant and supporting of diverse technologies  does not explicitly favour one occupational group over another.  The avoidance  of a treatment or technological'hierarchy is actively expressed; encouraging staff to recognize the f l e x i b i l i t y necessary in coping with a relatively unpredictable client population.  In a sense and from a philosophical point  of view, a commitment to the compatability of diverse technologies recognizes the increasing ambiguities of contemporary psychiatry.  A single unified  approach may inspire staff with a false sense of structure and purpose.  44.  The d i f f i c u l t i e s o f running a l a r g e heterogeneous  o r g a n i z a t i o n are to some  e x t e n t avoided when t h e very h e t e r o g e n i e t y may f u r t h e r t h e o b j e c t i v e s  of  the CMHC, both i n terms o f the goal o f the i n d i v i d u a l , but a l s o those o f the o r g a n i z a t i o n .  This s i t u a t i o n o f d i v e r s i t y of technology  is  experienced  by the CMHC d i s c i p i i n e a r y t r e a t m e n t teams c u r r e n t l y r e l a t i n g to the p o p u l a t i o n of  B.C.  Inter-organizational  Features  To t h i s p o i n t we have d i s c u s s e d , a t some l e v e l  of g e n e r a l i t y , the  i m p l i c a t i o n s o f the s o c i a l t r e a t m e n t model and a number o f i s s u e s to the d i v e r s e t e c h n o l o g i e s This discussion  related  empled by i n t e r - d i s c i p l i n a r y team members.  t o the p r e s e n t has l o o k e d a t suggested a d m i n i s t r a t i v e  position. As has been i n d i c a t e d e a r l i e r , a CMHC c o n s t i t u t e s an open system which r e c o g n i z e s  a f l o w o f e n e r g i c m a t e r i a l e n t e r i n g , b e i n g processed  l e a v i n g the o r g a n i z a t i o n .  The t e c h n o l o g i e s  employed by t h e CMHC a r e  embedded i n both an i n t r a - o r g a n i z a t i o n a l and i n t e r - o r g a n i z a t i o n a l ment o r c l i m a t e .  and  environ-  The e f f e c t i v e n e s s o f t h e s e technologies" a r e s u b j e c t to  t h e e f f i c a c y o f t h e a d m i n i s t r a t o r i n terms o f a l i g n i n g the t e c h n o l o g i e s the demands expressed by s i g n i f i c a n t systems i n the environment o f the organization.  The r e l a t i o n s h i p between o r g a n i z a t i o n and environment  be d i s c u s s e d w i t h i n the c o n t e x t o f t h e i n t e r d i s c i p l i n a r y n a t u r e o f t h e social  t r e a t m e n t model.  In o r d e r t o p r o v i d e an a r t i c u l a t e and c o h e r e n t  p i c t u r e o f t h e CMHC and the t e c h n o l o g y employed, i t i s necessary  to  emphasize a s t a t e m e n t by L e f t o n and Rosengren (1966, p. 302) who s t a t e ,  with  45.  "In addition, the existing conceptions of organizations may have to be broadened to cope with the interorganizational demands engendered by largescale action programs in the field of human welfare." The effective utilization of the technologies possessed by members of the interdisciplinary team may be weakened or enhanced by the relationships existing between the CMHC and the comnunity which i t serves. Shar-af  Greenblatt,  and Stone (1971, p. 23) provide an example germane to our examina-  tion of a CMHC when they state, "For example, training programs for personnel can be enlarged and improved i f positive relationships have been established with institutions of higher learning.  In short, favourable change  in an institution is dependent on the fusion of two worlds —one within and the one without." This relationship between organization and environment is dependent according to Steers (1977, pp. 95-99) on three critical variables which determine the impact of organization-environment relations on organizational effectiveness.  These three factors are:  (1) the degree of predictability  of environmental states; (2) the accuracy of perception of environmental states; and (3) the notion of rationality in organizational actions. If we examine the environment of a CMHC we may perceive i t as possessing varying degrees of uncertainty.  The degree of uncertainty lies  in the predictability or certainty of future events being anticipated accurately by the administrator of the CMHC.  Effective planning procedures are depen-  dent on the degree of uncertainty present in the environment of the organization.  The ability or capacity of a CMHC to effectively apply technologies  consonant with environmental demands and organizational objectives  is  facilitated to a large extent by the administrator's ability to know what  46.  the environment is going to be like in the future.  The more certain the  future the more the opportunity to respond appropriately.  The response of  the organization may be in terms of increasing or decreasing the amount of differentiation and integration.  Steers (1977, p. 97) states, "Recent  research would indicate that i f the environment is highly unpredictable, a more organic structure may be more effective,  and a mechanistic structure  may be more effective and appropriate for predictable environments." A second point discussed by Steers (1977) relates to the accuracy of the perceptions of the administrator as he scans the environment. An accurate perception of the organizational environment facilitates  an appro-  priate response and furthers the possibility of a positive relationship between organization and environment.  Perceptions of environment are  "filtered" selectively according to the individual's work experience, academic training and orientation and the degree of identity and integration with one's professional associations.  The dilemma of the clinician-executive  occurring among administrators of CMHC as mentioned earlier by Hirschowitz (1969) is a good example.  The perception of an environment by a c l i n i c a l l y  oriented administrator may be quite contrary to that expressed by an administratively oriented clinician. efficiency may become confused.  The ethic of service in relation to  Steers (1977, p. 97) states, "If on the  other hand, an organization enacts an unrealistic environment (either through managerial myopia, lack of expertise,  insufficient time, or whatever) the  negative effects on organizational success could be substantial." A third factor which may affect the relationship between the CMHC and its environment is related to the rationality expressed by administrators.  Due to inability to process all information or a lack of sufficient  47.  information related to a decision, most administrators respond, according to Steers (1977, p. 98), by using some form of "bounded rationality." Decisions related to organization-environment relations in particular may be optimized rather than maximized. In summary, Steers (1977, p. 99) states, "Only when accurate perception and high rationality of decision-making are present, then, would we predict that an organization's response to environmental conditions would be optimal, thus contributing to effectiveness." Greenblatt, Sharaf and Stone (1971, pp. 23-41) discuss in a relevant and tangible manner some of the effects that organizational environment can have on the quantitative and qualitative aspect of technologies employed in an organization such as a CMHC.  In a highly labour-intensive  industry such as community mental health, a great deal of the people changing functions are predicated on the availability of staff possessing the appropriate skills to perform the work required.  This, combined with a rigidly  circumscribed government budgetting system based on object categories in a line budget, creates a dependency on a variety of additional non-governmental funding sources for the support of community based mental health programs. The participation of the entire staff in educational campaigns through the primary work of lay groups in the community can often increase the supply of funds to maintain and enhance the functioning of interdisciplinary team members.  It is suggested that joint team participation in programs related  to fund raising enhances the successful  application of the treatment tech-  nologies employed by the Centre in terms of both personal and CMHC objectives.  Granblatt, Sharaf, and Stone (1971, p. 28) state, "With the shared  responsibility of raising money for their hospital, staff will soon learn  48.  the art of co-ordinating ideas with funding agencies.  For example, an  innovative program that offers an alternative to hospitalization is likely to interest the federal government and at the same time an enterprising idea in half-way houses or summer camps can capture the imagination of private citizens and so forth."  The phenomenon of multiple treatment modalities  occurring internally in the organization may also be seen in the environment. A similar pluralism occurs as the administrator supports a diversity of efforts and orientations on the part of the environment in which the CMHC is located. A further factor, environmentally related, which may enhance and affect the impact of technology is the relationship between the CMHC and local colleges and universities which train the interdisciplinary team members. Diversity in the application of technology and the generation of innovative and creative programs are often stimulated by intern programs and the provision of joint workshops.  Reciprocal consultation in the areas of both  direct and indirect service has the potential to provide access to new and technologically important information increasing the efficacy of treatment technologies employed by CMHC's.  Research collaboration is also a signifi-  cant feature in the technological implications of the relationship between CMHC's and institutions of higher education.  49.  Chapter 6  A N  OPERATIONAL  0 F  GOALS AN D  PERSPECTIVE  TECHNOLOGY  ENVIRONMENT  Operationalization of Goals Discussion related to the goals of a derived CMHC, provided l i t t l e differentiation in terms of the goals of treatment theory within the social treatment model and the literature pertaining to organizational goals. Treatment goals in a people processing organization coexist and reciprocally influence organizational goals.  In order to address the more significant  issues related to the administration of CMHC's on an operational basis,  it  will be necessary to outline some of the more salient points of departure. The goals of human service organizations in the broadest sense are notoriously multi-faceted and ambiguous.  The application of a conceptual  framework designed to determine organizational goals from an external vantage point may result in a substantial deviation from what is actually occurring in reality.  Mechanic (1973, p. 142) states, "Professional organizations,  and those in particular that are service oriented, tend to develop rather rich and varied informal networks that may be more indicative of daily activities than the usual descriptions of these organizations would suggest.  50.  The goals of a CMHC encompass a number of functions, including the ten programs specified and defined in Appendix 1.  Other CMHC's in North America  usually include some variations of the same functions.  Mechanic (1973, p. 143)  continues in the same vein as above and d i s t i l l s a very salient issue when he states, "These functions would be difficult enough under the best of circumstances, but problems are compounded by the absence of agreed upon technologies, by differences by differences  in ideology among varying professional groups,  in basic intervention approaches and by continuing situational  pressures involving community support, funding, staffing and the like." Staff commitment to unique and frequently diversified ideologies about the nature of their work predisposes an administrative stance which suggests a mediating role comprised of nurturing organizational movement in new directions and a commitment to identified organizational goals.  Treatment goals  both on a disciplinary and individualized basis coexist and often are perceived as mutually contradictory in terms of organizational goals. CMHC's are particularly susceptible to the incorporation of treatment goals.  In the rapid growth of CMHC's and the possibilities  for new  role definitions of an increasing diversity of paraprofessionals, one may observe a great amount of role modification as staff and disciplines proceed to test out new relationships and at f i r s t tentatively begin to "carve out" new territories of work relative to other groups in the organizational environment.  As the CMHC progresses from a medical model to a social  treat-  ment model and more non-medical staff such as Activity Therapists, Occupational Therapists, etc. become involved, the identification of power and authority figures may become more d i f f i c u l t .  The potential and opportunity  for the incorporation of personal goals related to treatment increases as  51.  increasing negotiation and role construction occurs.  Mechanic (1973, p. 146)  states, "Such negotiations provide creative possibilities but they also provide opportunities for chaos and conflict and the particular outcome may very well depend on the extent to which there is a coherence of administrative perspective and the nature of power relationships in the community. The issue of administrative coherence is frequently complicated by the problem of controlling external environmental pressures on the organization. Community groups in a position to demand service frequently voice militant requests for the control of deviance on a community-wide basis. Unrealistic demands in terms of time resources, knowledge and technology are frequently present.  A fragmented approach often develops as the CMHC in a  disjointed incremental manner permits considerable role expansion of personnel in order to address pressing demands.  Treatment goals often maintain  ascendancy with a relative disregard for organization directions and broad organizational goals. Perrow (1967, pp. 195-208) discusses the nature of system and product goals and relates the term system goals to those characteristics of the system as a whole, independent of its product.  Steers (1977, p. 24)  redefines slightly and emphasizes that the term relates more to the state or manner of functioning of the organization.  Modes of organizational func-  tioning such as growth and stability are stressed.  The degree of structuring  of modes of functioning is also subsumed by the term system goals. Product goals, as the term implies, relate primarily to the characteristics of the products the organization decides to emphasize.  Steers  (1977, p. 25) states of product goals — "ah emphasis upon quality or quantity, variety, styling, availability, uniqueness or innovativeness of the product."  52.  Operationalization of Technology In order to facilitate an examination of organizational technology with specific reference to Community Mental Health Centres i t is necessary to d i s t i l a dimension which is reasonably generalizable and applicable to a cross section of the organizations under study.  It is recognized that the  term technology is more of a concept than an operationally viable variable. As has been mentioned in subsequent discussions an examination of Woodward (1965), Perrow (1967) and Hage and Aiken (1969) reveal a common emphasis on predictability and control of operations as a significant dimension when considering relationships to features of organizational structure.  Perrow  (1967, pp. 194-198) suggests the importance of ordering the basic tasks of organizations from routine to non-routine and examining the throughput within the context of work flow uniformity.  Litwak (1961) in an earlier  paper laid much of the basis for this emphasis.  Hickson et al. (1969)  attempts to verify the sweeping "technological imperative hypothesis but concludes technology is only one of a number of factors which relate to organizational structure.  However in reviewing the literature and attempt-  ing to identify a salient and quantifiable variable one is impressed by the statement of Hage and Aiken (1969, p. 299) when they state, "The degree of routines is one dimension of technology that can be applied equally to people processing, industrial and other kinds of organizations and i t can provide the basis for general propositions that can be a related remark made by Mohr (1971, p. 446), "Thus more of the conceptualizations of technology used in empirical technology-structure research has been fairly closely gathered around the idea of predictability of operations."  Mohr (1971) adds  a caution that i t is necessary to note whether the dimension is applied to  53.  the system as a whole or to the actual jobs performed by individuals operating within the organization. Technology is discussed here within the schema provided by Perrow (1967) and Hage and Aiken (1969).  The definition of technology provided  by Perrow (1967, p. 195) will be used when he states, "By technology is meant the actions that an individual performs upon an object with or without the aid of tools and mechanical devices in order to make some change in the object."  Hickson et al.  (1969) identify this definition as applying to  "material technology" when there is a concern with the characteristics of the material in the work flow.  There will be a discussion of the routines  of work occurring within a Community Mental Health Centre.  Hage and Aiken  (1974) and Perrow (1964) defined and measured technology at the individual task level by asking individuals about their work and aggregating their responses to obtain a score.  Perrow used a questionnaire while Hage and  Aiken utilized structured interviews.  Operationalization of Environment It may be said that CMHC's depend for their growth and survival on the existence of exchanges with the surrounding environment.  In addressing  the term "environment," we are again confronted with a multi-dimensional concept, from which we must extract a salient, quantifiable and reasonably generalizable dimension.  The dimension selected must, of course, have  import in terms of suggested administrative postures.  A recent definition  selected by Steers (1977, p. 314) emphasizes the importance of the environment of organizations when he states assertively,  "A second critical dimension  for organizational success is the task environment."  54.  A number of definitions are available which may be appropriate to the task at hand.  Duncan (1974, p. 314) differentiates between internal  organizational environments and external environments, and ddfines environment as a workable concept when he states, "Environment is the totality of physical and social factors that are taken directly into consideration in the decision-making behaviour of individuals in the organization." A distinction is made between the internal and external environment of the organization.  We are concerned in this discussion with the external environ-  ment which is defined by Duncan (1974, p. 314) as "those relevant physical and social factors outside the boundaries of the organization or specific decision unit that are taken into consideration.  The introductory defini-  tions are of course at a very high level of abstraction. Steers (1977, p. 85) identifies three ways in which i t is possible to conceptualize an organization's external environment.  The f i r s t approach,  possessing l i t t l e practical u t i l i t y , involves defining the environment as that which remains after one defines the boundaries of the organization. Many authors (e.g. Starbuck, 1975) cast considerable doubt as to whether i t is possible to define these boundaries.  A second approach focuses on viewing  the environment as a task environment, or what Steers (1977, p. 85) refers to as "that portion of the total setting which is relevant for organizational goal setting and goal directed activities."  Considering the anticipated  generalizability of the writer's discussion, this approach may be regarded as somewhat restrictive and specific to certain identified catchment areas. The third approach is perhaps more germane and generalizable within the parameters of this study.  Steers (1977) suggests that this  approach is perhaps more abstract, but generally the approach is represented  55.  by:  Duncan (1972), Emergy and Trist (1965), Terryberry (1968). and Thompson  (1967).  These writings possess a common thread which must be articulated.  We are concerned with basically the degree of certainty or uncertainty with which organizations can make decisions regarding current and future functioning.  Two major dimensions are identified which contribute to environ-  mental uncertainty:  a simple-complex dimension to the organizational environ-  ment and a static dynamic component.  It is necessary to add with caution,  as stated by Steers (1977, p. 87), "Moreover, i t has been pointed out that one dimension can at times affect the other dimension as both influence an organization's capacity to adapt and respond successfully to environmental stimuli."  To reiterate the goals of this study, we are concerned with cate-  gorizing the environment of a CMHC in order to make suggestions regarding the appropriate administrative structure in terms of achieving the organization effectiveness. The simple-complex dimension raises questions regarding, the simplicity or complexity of the organizational environment.  A simple, or  what Emery and Trist (1965) refer to as a placid environment, is one in which the external factors which an organization must deal with are few in number and relatively homogeneous. greater the heterogeneity,  The more the number of factors and the  the more complex an environment becomes.  Steers  (1977, p. 86) states, "The degree of environmental complexity can have a significant impact both on organizational behaviour and on organizational effectiveness."  Duncan (1972, p. 315) assists in the operationalization of  the dimension when he states, "The simple part of the simple complex dimension deals with the degree to which the factors in the decision unit's environment are few in number and are similar to one another in that they  56.  are located in a few components.  The complex phase indicates that the  factors in the decision unit's environment are large in number." The static dynamic dimension must also be considered in order to assess the degree of environmental uncertainty and develop hypotheses regarding an administrative position which is predicated on environmental "typing."  This dimension considers the relative degree of stability in  organizations' environmental relations.  A further remark by Steers (1977,  p. 87) is relevant when he states, "Environments that are in a constant state of flux often require different organizational structures and approaches to management than do more static predictable environments."  A statement by  Duncan (1972, p. 316) contributes to the operationalization of the static dynamic dimension when he states, "The static dynamic dimension indicates the degree to which the factors of the decision unit's internal and external environments remain basically the same over time or are in a continual process of change."  57.  Chapter 7  THE  CMHC:  A  CONCEPTUAL  ANALYSIS  Lack of Goal Clarity An examination of the goals of an organization such as a CMHC may assist in providing an additional frame of reference or perspective from which to understand organizational structure.  A previous discussion has  outlined some of the rationale for an examination of a CMHC in terms of system and product goals.  A system goal may be regarded as those objectives which  tend to facilitate the organization retaining its identity and integrity. A system goal may be a factor such as morale which is a consideration when considering system integrity. the system.  Product goals relate more to the output of  In the case of a CMHC, a product goals may be the quantity of  patients treated on the quality or the treat delivered. identifies  Perrow (1967)  a third category of goals which are referred to as derived goals.  This type of goal relates more to the power generated by organizational activities which are independent of system or product goals.  Organizational  attitudes toward government and political philosophies may be seen as examples of derived goals. It is the intent to relate this rather gross delination of organizational goals to the dimension of technology under study, namely that of  58. work flow routineness or uniformity.  It is important to emphasize at the  outset that the discussion is meant to suggest the manner in which goals are shaped or constrained through the influence of technology and structure. There will be not attempt to specify that technology explicitly is directly responsible for the formation of designated goals. Perrow (1967, pp. 202-203) and Hage and Aiken (1969) discuss the relationship of technology, specifically work flow routineness and the typology of organizational goals outlined above.  If we accept the rationale  provided in an earlier discussion and designate the work flow in a CMHC as being relatively non-routine, a number of implications are suggested. Perrow (1967, p. 202) states, "We would expect completely routinized organizations to stress those system goals of organizational stability, low risk and perhaps high profits or economical operations rather than growth.  In  terms of product characteristic goals they would be more likely to emphasize quantity rather than quality, stable lines over unstable or diversified lines, superficial transformations (e.g. i n s t i l l i n g discipline in deviant client) over basic transformations (such as character,restructuring) and so forth." In contrast, the non-routine organization will emphasize growth quality and innovation being generally less concerned with making profit.  Although these  relationships suggested by Perrow (1967) refer presumably to industrial organizations, Hage and Aiken (1969, p. 309) make the point, "While these are examples of industrial firms, they suggest consequences for people processing organizations as well, since the referents of system and product goals can be applied to all kinds of organizations since the idea is one of service."  A modified typology suggested by Perrow (1967) is illustrative.  59.  Table I Organizational System and Product Goals  System  Product  System  Product  Stability  Quality  High growth  High quality  Few risks  No innovations  High risks  Innovative  Moderate to Low Profit emphasis  Low emphasis on profit  Stability  Quantity  Moderate growth  Reliabil ity  Few Risks  No innovations  Some risks  Moderate innovations  High Profit emphasis  Moderate profit emphasis  It is believed that the above typology is applicable to a people processing organization such as a CMHC.  The implications and ramifications  of these observations will be discussed in terms of administrative procedures in Chapter 9. It is recognized here that the culture and social environment are significant factors in the provision of technology and the restriction or re-direction of organizational goals.  It must be emphasized that organiza-  tional goals and indeed organizational structure, when viewed in this rather truncated manner, must adjust to the technology or the organization will be subject to inordinate strain.  60.  Implications of Technology It is believed, as expressed by a variety of authors, such as Perrow (1967) and Hage and Aiken (1969), that the processes of work of an organization provide the basis upon which the organizational structure operates.  The technology of the organization as a totality has a signifi-  cant effect on salient dimensions of organizational structure.  Hage and  Aiken (1974, p. 299) state, "That i s , technology is likely to determine whether i t is formalized or non-formalized, whether i t has a diverse or relatively simple division of labour, and so together the technological foundation and sub-structured social arrangement influence the sub-structure of organizational goals."  With this statement in mind, the desired structure  of the CMHC is examined i n i t i a l l y in terms of the framework provided by Hage and Aiken (1969), d i s t i l l i n g a significant dimension, that of work flow routineness.  Work flow routineness is discussed as a basis for admini-  strative strategy.  This chapter also examines the conceptual implications  of organizational environment and the delineation of system and product goals as outlined by Perrow (1967), also in the light of administrative strategies and implications.  General propositions are suggested as a result of this  discussion. The present examination of a CMHC is concerned with the routineness of work flow of the entire organization rather than the routineness of particular treatment modalities embodied in the disciplinary biases of members of the treatment team. the organization i t s e l f .  In other words the unit of discussion is  The discussion relates primarily to professional  staff involved in the delivery of direct treatment services within designated program areas.  61.  An examination of statistical data provided by Mental Health Programs reflects the diversity of client characteristics perceived by program staff specifically in terms of diagnosis.  These clients require  the application of technologies appropriate to the specific behaviour displayed and the situation in which this particular behaviour is manifested. The discussion of work flow routineness as a specific dimension of technology is concerned with the variety and diversity of human input into the system.  The study conducted by Hage and Aiken (1969, p. 302)  suggests the non-routine nature of technologies employed by a CMHC as a unit when they state, "The organizations included here are relatively homogeneous since most of them provide psychological, psychiatric or rehabilitative services of one kind or another.  As one might expect in such organi-  zations, the scores tend more toward non-routineness."  In a CMHC, relative  to other human service organizations, there are problems which occur that cannot be anticipated, predicted or allowed for in the movement of the system toward its organizational goals.  Administrative planning in relation  to both system and product goals requires some creativity and the ability to respond flexibily to a diverse range of input.  In addition to the  diversity and range of behaviour exhibited by clients during the i n i t i a l presentation at the CMHC there is a range of inconsistency present during the period of time the patient is exposed to a particular treatment modality. The potential conflict between treatment and organizational goals may in i t s e l f tend to generate changes in the range of behaviour displayed by a client.  In essence, the delivery of direct services by a CMHC may be  described as being consistent with a non-routine work flow as routinized and programmed intervention on a client basis cannot be anticipated or predi cted.  In light of the above discussion i t is important to recognize that the processing of system input or the application of a treatment modality to a client may be standardized or require continual adjustment.  Perrow  (1967, p. 197) emphasizes this point and stateSj "Organizations uniformly seek to standardize their raw material in order to minimize exceptional situations."  A movement toward certainty is exemplified.  Bureaucracies in  general tend to proliferate rules which are consistent with this movement toward standardization.  An awareness of this phenomenon is of critical  importance in addressing administrative implications.  Mechanic (1973,  p. 159) discusses the function of rules and states, "The function of rules is to define expected behaviour under ordinary circumstances and they serve as deterrents to behaviour that exploits the organization, its personnel or its clients or that compromises the organization's public stance." Rules are developed to ensure standards of performance.  Implications of Environment In order to address administrative strategies appropriate to the facilitation of organizational effectiveness, i t is necessary to provide a more specific discussion of the "substance" in which the CMHC is embedded. A number of assumptions are made i n i t i a l l y in order to develop some of the issues salient to administration.  Lawrence and Lorsch (1969) provide an  i n i t i a l base from which to articulate the importance of organizational environment.  Stemming from this work i t is appropriate to perceive the  relationship between the organization of a CMHC and its environment as contingent in nature.  63.  Internal characteristics of an effective and functional organization will be dependent and contingent on the characteristics of its immediate environment.  As open systems CMHC's as organizations must engage in a  constant exchange of resources and information with their environment in order to survive and function effectively.  A CMHC depends to a large extent  on input transactions perhaps as identified referred patients and output transactions seen in successfully processed patients re-introduced and more acceptable to regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Human Resources. O'Brien (1973, p. 170) states, "Since an organization depends upon these input and output transactions for survival, the members of the environment who engage in these exchanges exert considerable influence not only over the organization's processes but even in the setting of organizational goals." An examination of the effect of a dynamic and changeable organizational environment on the organization is considered appropriate. A number of models are available for application to a derived CMHC, some of which are described in an earlier section.  Emery and Trist  (1965) present one conceptualization and suggest that within their typology a disturbed reactive environment and a defined turbulent field most closely represent the organizational climate of a CMHC. Given, as has been described earlier, an organization's tendency to move toward certainty, organizations such as a CMHC require linkages with other organizations in order to plan effectively.  A growing scarcity  of resources has furthered the need to plan in concert with other human service delivery systems.  A disturbed reactive environment is one in which  the actions and goals of other organizations represent the primary consideration in any attempt by CMHC's to plan effectively over the long term.  64.  Certainty is enhanced and predictability facilitated through the maintenance and retention of linkages between environment and organization.  O'Brien  (1973) goes a step further and states organizational environments of CMHC may be described at times as turbulent.  Emery and Trist (1969) regard tur-  bulent fields as ones in which not only the relationships among the members of the field are changing, but also the nature of the field itself changing.  In a turbulent f i e l d , predictability is at a minimum.  is O'Brien  (1973, p. 176) states, "It seems perhaps more accurate to state that at periods of rapid technological or sociological  change within the inter-  organizational field of mental health, the environment becomes a turbulent field for a limited period of time and then returns to a 'disturbed reactive environment" as described earlier." Disruptions in programs and changes in existing characterize such periods.  relationships  Massive increases in funding to MHR during the  NDP period of office would be a good example of a period of rapid change which affected the relationships MHR had established with other human service delivery systems including Mental Health. at a premium during this period.  Predictability ana certainty were  In the CMHC administrators were giving a  great deal of thought to areas of interorganizational dependence and autonomy. A more sophisticated conceptualization of the environment of a CMHC is found in the work done by Thompson (1967).  As has been mentioned  in a previous discussion, Thompson (1967), Duncan (1972), Terryberry (1968), and Emery and Trist (1965) all attempt to identify several major dimensions of the task environment which may be defined as stated by Steers (1967, p. 85) as "that portion of the total setting which is relevant for organizational goal setting and goal directed activities."  Suppliers of input, competitors  65.  and regulatory bodies would be examples of organizations relevant to the concept of task environment.  In a operational ization of Duncan's 4-celled  typology, two important dimensions are identified on which external environments can be compared as they relate broadly to organizational dynamics which would include administrative implications.  Both of these dimensions  relate to the degree of certainty or uncertainty with which organizations can make decisions as to future courses of action.  Steers (1977, p. 88)  states, "In essence i t is suggested that the 'static simple' environments contain the least amount of uncertainty for organizational planners and decision makers and the 'dynamic-complex' environments contain the greatest amount of uncertainty."  The framework below is reasonably self-explanatory.  Scrutinizing the environment of a CMHC in the Province of B . C . , there is an inclination to reaffirm a statement by Baker and Schulburg (1970, p. 442) when they state, "By contrast, the CMHC program employing the human services model has witnessed a major expansion of the environmental constituency to which i t belongs and with which i t interacts." Consumers of community mental health programs are becoming increasingly restless, demonstrating a growing concern as to the relevance and performance of the CMHC.  A government strongly reflecting the need for fiscal  constraints  has forced Mental Health Programs to review the allocation of staff oositions, examine changing manpower requirements and respond rapidly and decisvely to changing environmental conditions.  Administrative reorganiza-  tion in a climate of increasingly scarce resources is facilitating a change process not only in the delivery of mental health services but also in other organizations subject to the same growing awareness of the need for effectiveness and efficiency.  The growing awareness of the need for primary  prevention and community involvement has led the CMHC to accept input which  66.  Table II Characteristics of Various Environmental States  Simpl e  Complex  CELL 1: Low perceived  Static  CELL 2: Moderately Low Perceived Uncertainty  Uncertainty  1.  Small number of factors and 1. components in the environment.  2.  Factors and components are 2. somewhat similar to one another Factors and components remain 3. basically the same and are not changing  3.  CELL 3: Moderately High Perceived Uncertainty  1. Dynami c 2. 3.  Small number of factors and components in the environment Factors and components are somewhat similar to one another Factors and components of the environment are in continual process of change  Large number of factors and components in the envi ronment Factors and components are not similar to one another Factors and components remain basically the same CELL 4:  High Perceived  1. 2. 3.  Uncertainty  Large number of factors and components in the environment Factors and components are not similar to one another Factors and components of environment are in a continual process of change  goes far beyond what until recently had been considered approoriate endeavour. Baker and Schulberg (1970, p. 442) state, "The output of such a centre has similarly affected so that i t may be as relevant for the centre to help a patient receive a higher welfare check as to reduce the paranoid ideation." Given the above discussion, it is indeed difficult to definitely "type" the organizational environment of a desired CMHC within the framework of our discussion.  It is relatively easy to conform as do O'Brien (1973)  67.  and Schulberg and Baker (1970) that in the Emery and Trist model, the environment may be presently categorized as a turbulent field.  This model, however,  suggests a statement at a relatively high level of abstraction. It may be quite plausible to suggest that the organizational environment of a CMHC approaches the complex end of the simple-complex dimension.  A wide variety of features must be considered both internally  and externally prior to the completion of a decision.  Relationships with  M.H.R., Corrections and Public Health are interrelated and inter-dependent, as a high degree of co-ordination is required to facilitate organizational inputs which are fairly frequently shared.  Community groups, both collec-  tively and individually, are a significant factor in the decision making process. As has been indicated earlier, i t is relatively easy to argue that the environment of the CMHC approaches the dynamic pole of the staticdynamic dimension.  A process of change at a relatively rapid pace is demon-  strable by even a casual observer.  If one accepts the premise that our  current economic climate reflects a condition of scarce resources, we may easily identify mechanisms either established or evolving which lean toward co-ordination and joint decision making,.  An example of this attempt at co-  ordination and a recognition of inter-dependence in the environment of a CMHC is seen in the formation of Children in Crisis committees.  Programming  and planning becomes dynamic as decision makers within the CMHC must take into account a wide range of diverse interests which currently reflects an increasing awareness of the scarcity of resources.  A governmental ideology  is reflected in policies which are oriented toward severe fiscal constraint. Innovation becomes oriented toward making these constraints more palatable  68.  to field level operations.  We may postulate with some safety that there  is a high degree of perceived uncertainty in the organizational environment of a CMHC.  Steers (1977, p. 88) states, "Not only was the dynamic-complex  environment found to be associated with the largest amount of perceived environment uncertainty, but in addition i t was discovered that the staticdynamic dimension was a more important contributor to perceived uncertainty than the simple-complex dimension."  It is believed consistent with the  above discussion to suggest that the organizational environment of a CMHC within the framework of our discussion most closely approaches Cell 4 in the preceding typology outlined by Duncan (1972).  69.  Chapter 8  THE  CMHC:  INTER-ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONS  Importance As has been mentioned in previous discussion, the perspective adopted in viewing CMHC's seems most closely consistent with considering the CMHC as an open-system.  This term explicitly suggests that the external  environment influences the internal properties of the organization.  It has  been suggested by a significant segment of the literature that General Systems Theory emphasizes the inter-dependence and inter-linking of various sub-systems.  These are two of the most important aspects of a system which  increasingly forces one to consider multiple causation rather than perceiving the organization in single causal terms.  In other words, i t is believed  necessary to examine the impact and linkages that exist between the CMHC and organizations operating within its task environment.  Negandhi (1975,  p. 2) states, "Thus inter-organization theorists seem to rely in part upon a broad conceptualization at the general systems level. aim,  Their overall  as it would seem, is to examine the impact of the external environment  and/or the other social units on the internal functioning of the parent organization."  70.  A number of theorists would appear to predominate in supplying models which permit an analysis of inter-organizational relationships and the sources of external influence on a given Organization.  Levine and  White (1961) examine inter-organizational relationships among health agencies and suggest that community health organizations comprise a system with interdependent components. by:  This inter-dependence is seen as being determined  distribution and accessibility of resources, organizational functions  and the degree of domain consensus existing among the various organizations. Aldrich (1971) regards this approach as being incomplete, in that i t emphasizes functional inter-dependence and does not consider the variations produced as organizations work actively toward maintaining their organizational boundaries.  Aldrich (1971) discusses the expansion and constriction of  organizational boundaries in trying to cope with inter-organizational conflict. Baker and 0'Brien (1971) and O'Brien (1973) are also critical of emphasizing the inter-dependence among organizational systems.  Rather than assuming a  well integrated system of community health agencies, they examine the degree and nature of interchanges between systems and suggest that organizational movement toward inter-dependence co-exists with a trend toward independence. This movement toward independence is a function of activities related to boundary maintenance.  Baker and O'Brien (1971, p. 395) state succinctly,  "This applying the term system to an organization implies inter-dependence in the sense of necessary input and output linkages, but also independence in the sense of maintenance of the integrity of system elements through boundary control processes."  A discontinuity between the environment and  the organization must exist.  Indeed, Baker and O'Brien (1971) go so far as  to suggest that a co-ordinated inter-dependence system of health agencies  71.  may produce a less optimal output of services than organizations which are overtly competing and attempting to realize their own individual goals If we examine briefly inter-organizational relations with specific reference to a CMHC in the Province of B . C . , we may demonstrate a consistency with the dominant themes outlined by Baker and O'Brien (1971).  O'Brien  (1973) states, "The community mental health movement and recent legislation in community mental health and comprehensive health planning has stressed the importance of comprehensiveness and continuity in care delivery as well as the involvement of local groups in the planning process."  In other words,  patient care in any given community depends upon the actions of a wide variety of organizations.  This factor, combined with increasing specialization  in service areas and the decreasing availability of both human and non-human resources, increases the frequency and intensity of contact among agencies. Collaborative relationships among human service organizations within an environment of scarce resources become necessary. It is the intent of the subsequent discussion to address the functioning of the CMHC in relation to three impinging organizations: Riverview Hospital, Public Health Programs and Hospital Programs. Some of the more significant inter-organizational linkages between the CMHC and each of these organizations will be examined within the exchange framework of Levine and White (1960) and amplified by some of the material outlined by Baker and O'Brien (1971). Levine and White (1961) regard an organizational exchange as any voluntary activity between two organizations which have consequences for the realization of their respective goals.  Hage and Aiken (1967, p. 913)  confirm the importance of this area of discussion when they state, "Most  72. studies of organizational inter-dependence essentially conceive of the organization as an entity that needs input and provides output linking together a number of organizations via the mechanisms of exchange or transactions."  Riverview Hospital Riverview Hospital has been traditionally perceived as the inpatient component of the Provincial mental health delivery system.  The availability  of other inpatient f a c i l i t i e s , particularly the rapid expansion of acute psychiatric wards attached to regional hospitals in the late 1960's and early 1970's, has forced Riverview Hospital to review its role in relationship to the provincial catchment area which i t serves.  Colls (1976, p. 11)  states, "It is s t i l l to a large extent, the inpatient component of the provincial mental health delivery system, but the number of patients, the method of their admission, their condition  and the treatment that they  require and their disposition on release are changing variables." There is no intent at this point to outline in detail information available from government publications, statements from ministerial documents or submissions from statutory and non-statutory agencies regarding the more specific components of Riverview Hospital's organizational structure. In 1970 Riverview Hospital was instructed to regionalize its structure and services, permitting and facilitating a more significant relationship between a designated ward of the hospital and a given segment of the provincial catchment area.  It was felt that more precise program  planning would be possible with this arrangement as i t was anticipated that the reciprocal familiarity generated between ward and region would facilitate  73.  more appropriate functional programming.  This would occur both in terms  of the requirements of the designated catchment area and the opportunity and constraints of the area of the hospital assigned to the particular region. In 1974 Riverview Hospital made a further attempt to respond to the changing availability of services within its task environment by recommending the development of specific, defined programs with service aimed at defined populations.  The hospital's "Proposal for the Reorganization of  Riverview Hospital" suggests a degree of program autonomy while permitting centralized direction. A conference held on the role of Riverview Hospital in 1976 states in its introductory position paper, "In its preparation we have leaned heavily on the large community of professional expertise at Riverview Hospital while trying to maintain an awareness of changing community needs." Among the few significant recommendations that have been operationalized has been the designation of Riverview Hospital as a secondary referral centre for areas of the province which possess an acute psychiatric ward.  Riverview  retains its status as a primary referral centre for areas not possessing a psychiatric ward. These three major and significant events have led suooort to exchange relationships between CMHC's and Riverview Hospital. Examining the relationship between Riverview Hospital and the services provided by CMHC's, i t is necessary to recognize that the mandate of a CMHC is to provide service to all ages and patient conditions. admitting policy of Riverview Hospital States, "The treatment  The  facilities  of Riverview Hospital are considered suitable for treating appropriately  74.  all  types of mental illness in adults under the age of 70 with the exception  of the following syndromes where they exist as the primary problem:: deficiency, sociopathy and addiction."  mental  To an extent a similar disease and  population are served, but the services rendered and indeed possible are dissimilar in practice and philosophy. It is necessary to reiterate the default model of CMHC administration which is pervasive.  Non-medical Directors occupying their position  by default are unable to provide medical services within the same context as the medical administration at Riverview Hospital.  A Social Work-Director  may well negate the value of mediation which had previously been stressed by a physician on an inpatient  ward.  Both practice and philosophy differ  largely as a result of the default model. To a large degree patients/clients are exchanged between the CMHC and Riverview Hospital.  Patients carried by CMHC's in geographical  proximity to Riverview Hospital may fall under the auspices of the Community Adult Psychiatric Service program where a Centre psychiatrist will admit and treat clients within Riverview Hospital while occupying a position shared between Centre and Hospital; as stated in (Colls, 1976). When appropriate, and in areas where the C.A.P.S. program does not function, staff members of the CMHC may involve themselves in both the direct and indirect treatment of patients admitted and under their care prior to admission. Patients upon return to their catchment area are routinely contacted by the CMHC to determine after-care requirements.  Labour services are exchanged  as hospital staff provide direct and indirect services both from Riverview and to an increasing degree within their community of origin. Information on the availability of resources, such as efforts related to staff recruitment, are shared between institution and CMHC.  75.  Information on the a v a i l a b i l i t y of p s y c h i a t r i s t s i s shared.  Continued  discussion occurring on the expansion o f j o i n t appointments and/or exchange of s t a f f appears to be increasing in p r i o r i t y on the part of both Centre and H o s p i t a l . Formal agreement underlying exchange i n the above areas is n o t i c e ably l a c k i n g .  Correspondence and p o l i c y statements regarding the s e r v i c e  provided by the C . A . P . S . program are non-existent.  There i s l i t t l e i f any  a r t i c u l a t i o n of p o l i c y regarding co-operative r e l a t i o n s h i p development with CMHC's on a p r o v i n c i a l b a s i s .  The reason for t h i s remains obscure.  The d i r e c t i o n of the exchange as epitomized i n the C . A . P . S .  program  would appear to be r e c i p r o c a l , where patients are r o u t i n e l y exchanged between CMHC and h o s p i t a l .  Outpatient services provided by the CMHC attempt to  meet the requirements of the p o s t - h o s p i t a l i z e d patient and contain the disturbed patient i n the community as long as p o s s i b l e , u n t i l admission i s inevitable.  The hospital provides the opportunity for containing a patient  while providing a more intensive treatment regimen than that a v a i l a b l e at the CMHC.  Resources required by the CMHC r e l a t e d to t h e i r objectives of  enhancing, maintaining or improving the s o c i a l functioning of t h e i r  patients  are possessed by Riverview H o s p i t a l , while s i m i l a r resources remain w i t h i n the organization of the CMHC. It i s a n t i c i p a t e d that the i m p l i c a t i o n s and nature of the exchange r e l a t i o n s h i p e x i s t i n g between Riverview Hospital and the CMHC w i l l d i r e c t l y affect administrative postures adopted by CMHC's i n the face of the changing configuration of resources w i t h i n i t s task environment.  76.  Public Health Programs Legislation related to Public Health services in the province dates back to 1869 when a Provincial Board of Health was established. mental rank was achieved in 1946.  Depart-  Public Health Programs is one of the  two major administrative divisions of Community Health Programs.  The mandate  of the program is to provide treatment, prevention, environmental control services and the promotion of positive health (Annual Report, 1976).  A total  of 17 local health units covers the non-metropolitan areas of the province. Incidentally, these 17 health units areas are not contiguous mental health centre catchment areas. contained within a Health Unit area.  with the 30  Frequently there are several CMHC's Some with suboffices.  Also, in con-  trast to Mental Health Programs, statutory responsibility is conferred on the local Medical Health Officer and the respective Union Boards of Health. The Union Board of Health has responsibility for the administration of relevant sections of the Health Act and is composed of representatives from the municipality and the School District.  Mental Health Centre representa-  tion on the board is infrequent and limited usually to specific concerns on a largely;ad hoc basis. With the division of the Health Ministry into three distinct divisions with separate leaders at the Deputy Minister level in 1959 Mental Health programs began a rapidly accelerating try isolation.  toward organizational  The relatively small number of staff with an extremely vague  and diffuse mandate led to take-over bids particularly by Public Health programs.  These bids fed by a number of reports such as that generated by  facilities  led to a defensive and rigid isolationist posture developed by  Mental Health programs which only now is beginning to erode.  77.  In examining and considering the nature of the exchange relationship between Mental Health Centres and Public Health Units, i t would appear that the most salient and significant sub-system of Public Health is the service provided by Community Public Health Nursing and the Home Care Program. The most visible and most significant, perhaps, discipline is that of Public Health Nursing, and the Public Health Nurse is the staff member who deals most directly with the majority of residents in her status as a primary health care worker (Annual Report, 1976).  Her mandate is broad and at a  high level of abstraction, encompassing a concern with people of all ages, social and economic levels, and with all types of health needs in all communities within the province.  The 1976 Annual Report states of her func-  tion, "Emphasis is on health promotion, early identification of potential health hazards and problems, referral for treatment and then follow-up, rehabilitation and promotion of individual and family responsibility for care.  Services are family-centred, with each individual being considered  in the context of his family and community l i f e and relationships."  Par-  ticipation in the whole range of health agency services and the promotion of programs designed to promote a more positive l i f e style are explicit. Four major programs are delivered:  maternal and child health services in  conjunction with physicians and concerned individuals, infant and preschool services with an emphasis on health appraisal and protection; identification of health hazards within the school system, and the promotion of health and services related to family, adult and geriatric populations. The fourth service involving family and adult services is in all likelihood the service which most closely relates to the service delivery provided by the CMHC.  In 1976 12,000 visits by Public Health Nurses related to  78.  mental illness.  Two areas of service are significantly identified in the  Annual Report (1976) which states, "Mental Health was emphasized and promoted in all contacts with individuals and families and as part of every program offered.  Follow-up of attempted suicides, group work with 'Parents  in C r i s i s ' , work with individuals under emotional or mental stresses, etc. was carried out by Public Health Nurses." Home Care services are a relatively new service provided by Public Health Programs and basically invo.lve the care and treatment of individuals in their homes who would otherwise be institutionalized.  An assessment of  each patient is done by the Home Care Co-ordinator in conjunction with the physician concerned.  Services are provided by Public Health nurses, home  care nurses, physiotherapists and when necessary services are purchased from other organizations.  A "hospital replacement" objective is identified  and available to 80% of the population.  No cost is levied on the patient  during the period he would otherwise be hospitalized.  There is no direct  reference to the provision of exclusively mental health related services to be found in policy statements' produced by Public Health Programs.  It is  widespread knowledge, however, that the Home Care Program does not provide service to individuals whose primary problem relates to an emotional or behavioural concern.  Services are not provided to individuals suffering  organic brain damage as a primary problem. The Community Human Resources and Health Centre program is worthy of a brief discussion.  Although limited to four areas of the province  (James Bay, Houston, Granisle and the Queen Charlotte Islands), i t is a manifest example of a link or exchange relationship between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Human Resources.  The objective of the program  79.  is to provide for community involvement, integration of services, and a health promotion and prevention focus.  The delivery of this service is pro-  vided by staff members seconded from their respective departments with the exception of James Bay and Granisle.  A common administration for staff  in each centre is designed to facilitate the movement of the inter-disciplinary team to identified program objectives.  An evaluation of the activities  of these Centres may have wide-reaching implications for the delivery of a wide range of health care services in the province.  In Quebec the CMHC  activities have been subsumed into the CLSC and have lost their power. A more specific examination of the dimensions of the relationships between Public Health and CMHC's is in order.  The majority of the subse-  quent material is taken from Public Health Policy Manual Vol. I l l , Ch. 11 (1972), (see Appendix III).  This source is regarded as the most current  by senior Public Health staff.  It is necessary to keep in mind that a CMHC  is a regionally based mental health resource offering patient service, consultation, education and participation in appropriate community programs. It is generally accepted that client populations are exchanged on a relatively routine basis by both organizations with the notable exception of Home Care Services where a unilateral exchange occurs as nursing staff may refer to a CMHC.  Exchange of direct patient treatment services is regarded  generally as reciprocal.  Joint exchange of direct service occurs as stated  in the Policy Manual (1972, p. 8 ) : "In some cases Public Health nurses are asked to v i s i t the home of each child who is seen at the CMHC even when the i n i t i a l referral has come from a private physician or the school. purpose of the v i s i t is f i r s t ,  The  to explain the procedure which will occur  at the CMHC, to allow the family to ask questions and to guide and encourage  80.  them in preparing the child." procedure.  In most cases, however, this is not a routine  Generally, and again there is no policy guideline to refer to,  CMHC staff accept both self-referrals and direct referrals from Public Health nurses.  Physicians may be informed by either the PHN or by the CMHC at the  time of activation or they may not be notified depending on local practice. Reciprocal exchange of written material varies as stated in (Appendix III) (1972, p. 8), "The form in which written information is prepared by the Public Health Nurse is a matter of local agreement between the CMHC and the Health Unit concerned."  The exchange of other written material such as  records and correspondence is more explicit and codified.  Mental Health  Centre files remain the property of the CMHC rather than the Health Unit. Public Health nurses frequently compile their own Mental Health files. The Policy Manual is explicit in stating that there should be a clear distinction between Mental Health Centre files and those maintained by the Health Unit. Public Health Nurses are advised as a matter of policy (Appendix III) that many factors influence co-operative activities between a CMHC and health unit,staff, "—  among them:  the types the  interests,  public —  o f programs  health  capabilities staff  the willingness involved  offered  unit  agency  and Ii m i t a t i o n s  in mental  o f mental  in health  by e a c h  health  health  programs  of  individual  services  personnel which  t o become  emphasize  mental  heaIth —  the availability who  participate  of other professionaIs i n mental  health  i n t h e community  programs."  The last item explicitly recognizes that the degree of exchange is predicated on the availability of resources which incidentally are  81.  becoming increasingly scarce.  The frequency and intensity of the exchange  would be significantly related to the availability of necessary elements from outside the local health care system. In summary, Mental Health service delivery is perceived as an integral part of total health delivery.  Explicit recognition is made of the  responsibility possessed by Public Health in the promotion of mental health. Organizationally there is a movement on the part of both Public Health and Mental Health to delineate their organizational domains (see Appendix III). It may be safely assumed that a minimal degree of domain consenses has been achieved by both organizations as the intensity and frequency of the exchange relationship, particularly in the area of consumer and labour services, is relatively high.  Levine and White (1961, p. 377) state, "These  processes of achieving domain consensus constitute much of the interaction between organizations.  While they may not involve the immediate flow of  elements they are often necessary pre-conditions for the exchange of elements, because without at least minimal domain consensus there can be no exchange among organizations." The exchange of non-labour services such as equipment remains generally low in terms of pervasiveness within both organizations, although where i t does occur the exchange is of a high degree of frequency.  The  exchange of material, supplies and shared utilization of equipment, such as copying machines, remains very limited with l i t t l e codification of requirements and regulations.  Informal exchange does, of course, occur, but this  is usually minor. Joint exchange relationships are scarce and are usually predicated on a high degree of policy co-ordination and agreement.  An example may be  82.  seen in the increasing degree of psychological consultation services provided the Public Health four year old screening program.  Elements are not  transferred, but both organizations direct their activity at the consumer or client.  No explicit policy exists in this area at present.  Hospital Programs  '  In 1943 the Federal Government made a study of social services in Canada, the Marsh Report.  The Heagarty Committee on Health Insurance  was formed. As a result of this Federal interest the Federal Provincial Conferences of 1945/46 discussed and agreed the development of Health Insurance at the same time that the Constitution was under review.  The  Constitution had to be revised to allow the Federal Government to become involved in Health financing. In 1949 the Federal Government began to take a hand initiating hopsital construction grants.  The training of psychiatric staff also began  in this year, along with demonstration grants in both Mental Health and Public Health. popular.  The Hospital Construction Grant Program proved to be very  As a result of this Proinvical government quickly ran out of money  particularly in the area of hospital operating costs.  The Provinces were  forced to approach the Federal Government in 1957 and ask for cost sharing of these costs. It began to be financially advantageous for physicians to admit their patients to hospital care. care became firmly entrenched.  A hospital denominated system of health  83.  By 1969 a Task Force Report on the Costs of Health Care was generated which suggested alternatives to hospital care such as Community Health Centres.  This move was of course strongly united by the existing  hospitals and by the medical profession which saw i t as a threat to their income.  The medical community became more militant and strengthed its  position asserting the need for hospital care.  The threat however continues  in that in 1977 a block funding arrangement was established with the provinces which potentially permits greater flexibility in the dealing of health care. The medical profession continues to regard psychiatrists who have moved into the service structure of the CMHC as traitorous in their actions.  Currently however a 12 month project responsible to the  Minister of Health is examining means of relating services originally hospital oriented to emphasize a more community related approach.  The co-operation  of physicians in both this study and a recent Mental Health Survey conducted by John Cumming is characterized by a note of passive aggression. With the potential for increased f l e x i b i l i t y and f l e x i b i l i t y and responsiveness provided by block funding, a number of informal exchange relationships have gained in importance between the Psychiatric Wares of Regional Hospitals and the Mental Health Centres contained within their catchment area.  The tentative nature and diversity of relationships between  MHC and hospital is characterized by a virtually complete lack of codified policy and for that matter even written correspondence with significant and province-wide policy implications.  Therefore, the following material is  largely anecdotal and must be discussed in that light. As we have noted in previous discussion, all organizational relationships are related and predicated upon the control and flow of cases,  84.  labour services and other resources.  With the increased community account-  ability of hospitals with their attendant boards, highly unique and individualized relationships with MHC's have developed, perhaps of necessity. There has been l i t t l e centralized co-ordination of the nature of the exchange relationship.  Voluntary agreements and implicit understandings are manifest.  With the increased development of Psychiatric Day Care Programs over the last five years, the degree of domain consensus with the CMHC has markedly decreased.  Disease covered, the population served and the services rendered  are markedly similar in both organizations. A number of attempts, usually highly individualized, have been made by both organizations to achieve a greater degree of domain consensus.  Experiments involving the sharing of  labour services and physical services are generally less common as hospitalbased Day Care Programs increasingly expand into the community and encroach upon what has been perceived until fairly recently as the domain of the CMHC. A fair example of an unsuccessful attempt to restrict the domain of the psychiatrists on psychiatric wards and thus facilitate a more orderly allocation of resources is seen in an attempt to codify admission criteria for in-patient psychiatric units (see Appendix IX).  The criteria mentioned  in this correspondence are at a high level of abstraction.  The interpre-  tation of the criteria is left at the discretion of hospital staff which in turn is influenced by funding expediency and the nature and tone of the medical community.  A psychiatrist in a given community may have a caseload  and interest in the area of alcoholism with an income dependent on this type of patient.  Frequently this physician will be permitted to hospitalize  85.  this type of patient with a "cover" diagnosis of depression and they regularly ignore admission criteria stipulating alcoholics may not be admitted. Communities possessing only a small number of physicians may find their physicians have almost total control of the treatment processes and criteria covered for admission and discharge. The exchange of cases or the consumer of service, however, occurs frequently between CMHC and hospital.  If one considers inpatient services,  the need for and exchange with the CMHC is readily apparent.  The inpatient  unit is generally a deliniated function as seen in prohibitive rules strictly regulating the contact of ward staff with community agencies and services. Labour services are generally not shared with the inpatient unit, but, increasingly, an intent to share is being expressed by the CMHC, who see a distinct advantage in having a psychiatrist provide service jointly at the CMHC and as the Area Clinician of the inpatient unit. direction of the exchange between hospital and CMHC.  Traditionally the The development of  outpatient programs has tended in many communities to breed competition for available patients.  Again the degree of domain consensus has decreased  with the heightened activity of hospital-based Day Care Programs. Psychiatric Day Care and Outpatient Programs would tend to have a unilateral exchange relationship with the CMHC.  Admittedly this exchange occurs infre-  quently, but on accasion a specialized resource may exist in a particular program. It would appear that as the degree of differentiation of mental health services increases there is an increasing recognition that integration is required.  The problem is of course compounded by the default model  of CMHC administration which greatly inhibits the secure negotiations of  86.  co-ordinated arrangements largely on the part of the non-medical Director. The process of mutual adjustment is largely predicated on the adequate security of the parties negotiating the agreement.  Currently an informal agreement  exists that a CMHC must be involved in the planning process for a psychiatric hospital-based day care program.  An informal agreement has been reached  with Hospital Programs, that, i f a resource exists in the community which has the potential to provide a service similar to that of a day care program, this resource may be funded and developed rather than develop a wholly new hospital-based service.  It has been agreed that a MHC will be notified and  involved in any day care program submitted to the Rate Board for approval. A thorough examination by Personnel of Hospital Programs will then occur as to the availability of resources already existing within the catchment area of the hospital.  It is known largely from anecdotal sources that a  preponderance of existing resources with this potential have been developed by the CMHC with the objective of providing structured activity programs for those populations served by both CMHC and hospital. It is believed that the environment of the CMHC which includes the organizations discussed is characterized by resources scarcity.  It is now  widely accepted that resources scarcity is significant in the development of dependencies and the limitations of organizations function.  Inter-depen-  dencies are particularly obvious in the area of information flow.  The  development of individualized information systems within different departments of the Health Ministry is particularly disturbing.  Indeed the  planning function subsumed by administration in community mental health is dependent on accurate, reliable and routinized information regarding the activity of organizations within the environment of the CMHC. Feldman  87.  (1973) states, "One of the major tasks for the administration of a mental health service is to be aware of the variety of interchanges going on between his organizationand its organization set." A statement by Levine and White (1961, p. 37) illustrates dependencies which develop among health organizations.  "Usually agencies are  unable to obtain all the elements .they need from the community or through their individual efforts and accordingly have to turn to other agencies to obtain additional elements. is often met more effectively  The need for a sufficient number of clients through exchanges than through independent  case finding procedures." It may well be true that the ability of administrators to work wi members of other organizations is a determinant of the success of interorganizational_collaboration irregardless of the structure of the CMHC.  88.  Chapter 9  ADMINISTRATIVE  PROPOSITIONS  It is the intent of this chapter to summarize a number of propositions related to the exercising of administration within a CMHC.  It  is suggested that these propositions will reflect a cognizance of technology, environment and organizational goals.  The uniqueness of the dimensions  discussed in these three areas will suggest organizational postures unique to a CMHC. It must be emphasized that the current non-medical administration has taken over responsibility for technology, environment and goals largely as a result of default on the part of the psychiatric specialty and the reluctance on their part to assume accountability in this area.  Administrative Propositions - Technology and Goals Primary Proposition A A CMHC contained within the parameters of our discussion is characterized by a non-routine work flow.  Secondary Propositions 1.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work f l o w i s l i k e l y t o have l e s s need f o r the f o r m a l i z a t i o n o f o r g a n i z a t i o n a l p o l i c y , procedures and r u l e s .  89.  2.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow i s l e s s l i k e l y to require r i g i d c o d i f i c a t i o n o f organizational roles.  3.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow i s l i k e l y t o employ i n d i v i d u a l s w i t h a h i g h degreeoof p r o f e s s i o n a l training.  M-.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow has more need f o r d e c e n t r a l i z e d d e c i s i o n s .  5.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work f l o w i s more l i k e l y t o r e q u i r e c o - o r d i n a t i o n through feedback.  6.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow r e q u i r e s the e x e r c i s e o f a h i g h degree o f d i s c r e t i o n on t h e p a r t o f those who s u p e r v i s e .  As has been mentioned in previous discussion the relationship between organizational goals and the degree of routineness of work flow is intimate.  The following propositions related to CMHC administrators  must be viewed in the light of a statement by Perrow (1969, p. 202) when he states, "But the comments are meant to suggest how goals may be shaped or constrained, though hardly specific through the influence of technology and structure."  Bearing in mind previous discussion related to the distinction  between system and product goals, i t is possible to generate further propositions which have in substance been experimentally verified by both Perrow (1967) and Hage and Aiken (1969). 7.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow i s more l i k e l y t o emphasize morale as a system g o a l r a t h e r than efficiency.  8.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow i s more l i k e l y t o emphasize q u a l i t y than q u a n t i t y as a p r o d u c t goal.  9.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow i s more l i k e l y t o emphasize i n n o v a t i o n .  10.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a n o n - r o u t i n e work flow s h o u l d demonstrate an i n c r e a s i n g degree o f i n t e r n a l d i f f e r e n t i a t i o n .  90.  Administrative Propositions - Environment Primary Proposition B  The t a s k environment o f a CMHC i s c h a r a c t e r i z e d by a p r i m a r y d i s t u r b e d r e a c t i v e environment and a t times o f r a p i d s o c i o t e c h n i c a l change, such as e x i s t c u r r e n t l y , t h e r e a r e t u r b u lent f i e l d conditions present.  As has been discussed there has been an increasing emphasis on the development of decentralized mental health serviced.  The actions and goals  of organizations such as acute psychiatric wards and Public Health services represent a primary consideration in planning processes carried on by CMHCs. The movement of the CMHC toward the reduction of uncertainty and the decrease in environmental predictability has given rise to inter-organizational linkages such as inter-agency committees developed within the catchment area of the CMHC.  A disturbed reactive field is present in the absence of pro-  found socio-technical change. The past several years have seen a proliferation of studies relating to the Mental Health field. increased political uncertainty.  The Foulkes Study laid the basis for At present three studies are in process  which have effectively blocked planning procedures on a provincial, regional and local basis.  The seconding of Long-Term Care positions to Mental Health  Programs has effectively altered relationships with Public Health. New liaisons are developing rapidly with much uncertainty generated as to the eventual nature of more stabilized conditions. appear pervasive.  Turbulent field conditions  91. Secondary Propositions 11.  A CMHC w i t h an environment c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need f o r e n v i r o n mental m o n i t o r i n g p r o c e d u r e s .  12.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o a s s e s s t h e v a l u e o f m u l t i p l e exchange r e l a t i o n s h i p s .  13.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o develop v o l u n t a r y exchange r e l a t i o n s h i p s with a movement toward c o n t r a c t u a l exchanges.  14-.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o f a c i l i t a t e communication among boundary-spanning p e r s o n n e l .  15.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o examine t h e v a l u e o f e x i s t i n g exchanges w i t h other o r g a n i z a t i o n s o c c u p y i n g t h e t a s k environment.  16.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o develop i n t e r n a l i n t e g r a t i v e mechanisms.  17.  A CMHC c h a r a c t e r i z e d by t u r b u l e n t f i e l d c o n d i t i o n s has an i n c r e a s i n g need t o d i f f e r e n t i a t e i n t o s u b - u n i t s .  These propositions may be regarded as hypothetical and subject to experimental verification.  However they do represent, i t is believed, a pragmatic  and potentially operational interpretation of current literature and events.  92.  Chapter 10  SUMMARY  APPLICATION  PROPOSITIONS STEERS  0 F  TO  MODEL  It is the intent of this chapter to apply the propositions generated in the previous work to a model of management proposed by Steers (1977). The discussion is concerned primarily with the facilitation of organization effectiveness through the application of managerial strategies consistent with the propositions related to identified dimensions of technology, environment and goals.  What can the Director of a CMHC do in order to  enhance his effectiveness? Steers addresses six areas of administrative concern.  Five of  these areas will be discussed as relevant to the process of a CMHC.  These  areas are: 1.  S t r a t e g i c goal  2.  Resource a c q u i s i t i o n and u t i l i z a t i o n  3.  Communication  4.  Leadership  5.  O r g a n i z a t i o n a l a d a p t a t i o n and i n n o v a t i o n  It is suggested by Steers  setting  processes  and d e c i s i o n making  (1977) that i f these areas are addressed and  acted upon by an administrator.there is a movement toward organizational  93.  effectiveness.  These factors largely determine the extent to which an  organization's resources are efficiently applied toward long term organizational  interest. It is necessary to discuss briefly the rationale for adapting  these propositions to the model proposed by Steers (1977).  A pervasive  theme, which one may extract from studies which view organizations as open systems, suggests that some configurations of organization and management behaviour are more consistent and appropriate to certain task and environmental characteristics.  We are concerned here with the "fit" between organi-  zational technology and goals, and the environment in which the organization is embedded.  Harvey (1967, p. 258) states, "The question is not one of  rational decision-making versus non-rational decision-making, but rather a question of identifying the kinds of technical and organizational conditions which serve to enhance rationality in some circumstances and impede its operation in others."  It is suggested that the propositions outlined in  the previous discussion are consistent with facilitating the effectiveness of an organization such as a CMHC, given the structure and process outlined in the desired model and in subsequent discussion. A final statement by Gabarro (1973, p. 197) sums up the writer's position:  "The obvious implication of work by Lawrence and Lorsch and others  is that there is no single 'best' prescription of organization appropriate to all situations, but rather that appropriate patterns of organization vary depending on task and environmental demands.  A second implication, which  is particularly salient to the problem of change, is that i f an environment changes in significant ways the organizational patterns needed within a system also change."  94.  I t i s necessary to be cognizant of the consideration that organiz a t i o n a l effecitveness  i s not a terminal state or i d e n t i f i a b l e as an end point.  I t i s a r e l a t i v e condition as stated by Steers (1977, p. 136) when he s t a t e s , "Hence we speak of an organization being r e l a t i v e l y e f f e c t i v e or i n e f f e c t i v e , instead of being e n t i r e l y one or the other.  The job for management then i s  to u t i l i z e the tools under i t s c o n t r o l ' to improve the r e l a t i v e degree of goal attainment and effectiveness  over time."  S t r a t e g i c Goal S e t t i n g Goal s e t t i n g w i t h i n the s t r u c t u r e of a CMHC may be characterized by such adjectives as ambiguous, unclear, vauge and p a r a d o x i c a l . between operative and o f f i c i a l  goals i s great.  The gap  Due to the current autonomy  of the majority of CMHC's there i s a tendency on the part of the CMHC to p r i o r i z e operational goals and only apply those o f f i c i a l consistent with the perceived requirements  goals which are  at the l o c a l l e v e l .  Until a  middle management s t r u c t u r e as r e f l e c t e d i n the Acting Regional Program D i r e c t o r p o s i t i o n i s l e g i t i m i z e d the p r i o r i t y of operational goals w i l l continue.  This i s e a s i l y j u s t i f i e d by the "service e t h i c " and the  "need" of the  consequent  patient.  The process of organizational goal s e t t i n g as discussed by Steers (1977) involves i n i t i a l l y the determination of operational goals and secondly the s p e c i f i c a t i o n of operational objectives i n terms which are subject to a degree of measurement on a continuum leading u l t i m a t e l y to organizational goal attainment.  Concentrating s p e c i f i c a l l y on organizational  goals, the planning process i s seen as an essential feature or function of the manager of a CMHC.  The planning which occurs on the part of the manager  95.  is designed to further organizational goal attainment, as suggested by Steers (1977, p. 138) when he states, "In essence, i t is suggested in this exhibit that i f sufficient attention, planning and co-ordination are employed in the successive identification of goals as one moves down the hierarchy from departments to groups to individuals, then subsequent employee efforts should be largely directed toward organizational goal attainment."  Unfor-  tunately Steers (1971) does not emphasize operationally the official goal dichotomy currently present within Mental Health Programs. It is necessary to review Steers' statement in the light of Primary Proposition A, Secondary Proposition 1, and Primary Proposition B . , which emphasize non-routine work flow and environmental turbulence.  The structure  of the organization is predicated largely on the work process which is undertaken and the environment in which the organization is embedded.  Given a  non-routine work flow, co-ordination of staff within a planning process toward organizational goals is more likely to occur in a configuration of mutual adjustment between manager and staff members.  Hage and Aiken (1969,  p. 305) state, "If technology can be routinized, then coordination can be and probably will be planned and programmed. must be effected via feedback."  If i t cannot, then coordination  Co-ordination through the application of  planning is negated within a CMHC as the programmed interaction of tasks i not as possible when one considers the implications of Secondary Propositions 4 and 5, emphasizing decentralization of decisions and co-ordination through feedback. Decision-making within a CMHC with reference to organizational goal setting must take into account those organizational members which interact most frequently with the clients.  Both Perrow (1967) and Hage and  Aiken (1967) confirm a power structure which is decentralized in an  96.  o r g a n i z a t i o n which i s c h a r a c t e r i z e d by n o n - r o u t i n e work.  C o - o r d i n a t i o n by  feedback i s a n e c e s s i t y , as a r t i c u l a t e d by Perrow (1967, p. 199) when he states,  " C o o r d i n a t i o n by f e e d b a c k , on t h e o t h e r hand, r e f e r s to n e g o t i a t e d  a l t e r a t i o n s i n the n a t u r e o r sequence o f t a s k s  performed by two d i f f e r e n t  uni t s . " An a p p r o p r i a t e t a c t i c f o r s t r a t e g i c o r g a n i z a t i o n a l  goal  setting  r e q u i r e s the f a c i l i t a t i o n o f mutual adjustment by manager and s t a f f members. The process  o f mutual adjustment i n s t r a t e g i c goal s e t t i n g i s f u r t h e r  f o r c e d and suggested by Secondary of turbulent f i e l d conditions  P r o p o s i t i o n B, which a f f i r m s the e x i s t e n c e  i n t h e environment o f a CMHC.  need f o r i n t e r n a l d i f f e r e n t i a t i o n under Secondary  The g r e a t e r  Proposition B conditions  r e q u i r e s a h i g h e r degree o f communication between boundary spanning and the manager o f the CMHC.  rein-  The h i g h e r degree o f environmental  reflected in turbulent f i e l d conditions base o f t a s k - r e l e v a n t i n f o r m a t i o n .  personnel  uncertainty  r e q u i r e s the manager to broaden  Procedures f o r d e v e l o p i n g  his  systemic  m o n i t o r i n g u n i t s and f u r t h e r i n g i n t e r n a l i n t e g r a t i o n among s t a f f a r e r e q u i r e d i n o r d e r t o f a c i l i t a t e s t r a t e g i c goal  setting.  Resource A c q u i s i t i o n and U t i l i z a t i o n Steers  (1977, p. 138-141) s u g g e s t s t h a t an o r g a n i z a t i o n a l  must d i r e c t e f f o r t toward the s e c u r i n g o f necessary u t i l i z a t i o n o f these resources  and the  i n as e f f i c i e n t a manner as p o s s i b l e .  i d e n t i f i e s t h r e e dimensions  of a c t i v i t y :  p o l i c i e s and o r g a n i z a t i o n a l  control  I f one remains  resources  system i n t e g r a t i o n ,  He  management  systems.  c o g n i z a n t o f Secondary  Primary P r o p o s i t i o n A, s t r e s s i n g  manager  Propositions  16 and 17 and  an i n c r e a s i n g need f o r i n t e g r a t i v e  97.  mechanisms under turbulent field conditions combined with a need to differentiate into sub-units, one can suggest that in a CMHC there is an increasing need for the manager to facilitate internal integration. The implementation of standardized policies and practices is a basic requirement of managers.  Steers (1977, p. 139) qual if ies "and'states,  "Although such policies have often been justly criticized for being too r i g i d , arbitrary and unresponsive to individual needs, there s t i l l remains a l e g i t i mate place for policy concerns in the pursuit of effectiveness." Policy operation in a CMHC may either impede or facilitate organizational effectiveness.  This area as applied to a CMHC must be considered  in the light of a non-routine work flow.  Given a non-routine work flow and  co-ordination through mutual adjustment based on high internal and external uncertainty, i t is suggested that the degree of specificity of policy, procedures and rules must be relatively low in an organization such as a CMHC. Mechanic (1973, p. 160) suggests implicitly flexible organizational response to internal and external uncertainty is reinforced by the existence of professional associations which protect rule violators from external criticism. Steers (1977) suggests that organizational control systems are directed at maintaining consistency between the human resources of the organization, and their required tasks.  The development of these resources  and their utilization must f i t with the needs and goals of the organization. Mutual adjustment as a method of co-ordination has been discussed previously. Secondary Propositions 1 and 2, specifying less of a need for the formalization of organizational policy and a lesser need for the codification of organizational roles, and to an extent a tendency toward more professional training of staff, are believed relevant to the subject of organizational  98.  control within a CMHC.  Organizational control is established in any organi-  zation, largely through the use of a rules manual and varying degrees of job specification embodied in a job description.  A non-routine work flow  and less formalized policy suggest that in a CMHC the degree of specification of work procedure and rule codification is relatively low.  Indeed,  with a non-routine work flow, this is a necessary condition of work flow that is variable, non-routine and a technology of which l i t t l e is known in terms of  efficacy. It is incumbent on a manger of a CMHC to recognize the ineffec-  tiveness of codifying role behaviour as a method of organizational control. The manager must be cognizant of Secondary Proposition 3, which suggests a high degree of professionalization among employees of organizations such as a CMHC.  It is suggested that identification with a professional organiza-  tion facilitates an individual to internalize principles and ethics which govern his behaviour while on the job.  In referring to organizations  possessed of a non-routine work flow, Hage and Aiken (1967, p. 308) state, "In contrast, using psychiatric skills requires at a minimum a master's degree, and more advanced training is often desirable."  Interestingly,  this  situation has its drawbacks as discussed by Blau and Scott (1967), and as mentioned earlier. An approach to the integration of financial resources and human resources may be seen in the recent implementation of a Needs Assessment approach to the delivery of mental health care.  This rather sophisticated  approach attempts to relate community need with required staff  resources  and assigning a dollar value to staff time required to meet expressed community need.  99.  Communication Processes In discussing communication processes within the context of organizational effectiveness, i t is necessary to reexamine the role of co-ordination as a base for other areas of management functioning such as leadership and decision-making.  Communication processes in a CMHC are of  crucial significance as stated by Steers (1977, p. 148):  It is generally  believed that effective communications are particularly important in organizations:  (1) that must deal with a high level of uncertainty, (2) that  are highly complex and (3) that employ technologies that do not easily lend themselves to routineness or automation."  All three of these factors are  highly significant in the structure of the CMHC that is being discussed. It may be regarded as a truism that an awareness of the importance of communication processes is a basic foundation for the achievement of organizational effectiveness, indeed even the survival of the organization i t s e l f .  The general balance in movement of an organization and  feedback mechanisms related to task relevant information requires the introduction of constraints which will reduce diffuse and random information, and emphasize the development and utilization of informational channels directly related to organizational  objectives.  Whittington (1973, p. 81), in discussing communication within the context of a CMHC, states, "It is also important that the leader has direct access to open communication between himself and a broad cross section of the staff or the entire staff of the agency i f this is feasible."  This  statement is of paramount importance when one considers a number of the secondary propositions stated in an earlier part of this chapter.  Secondary  Proposition (4), in recognizing a non-routine work flow, suggests the need  100.  for decentralized decisions involving the work process at hand.  Decisions  generally speaking are displaced downward in the organizational hierarchy as decentralization is encouraged.  Whittington (1973, p. 64) states, "They  generally displace decision-making downward through the organizational hierarchy, encouraging staff at all levels to make independent decisions whenever possible without recourse to higher authority." The high number of employees with professional training who address their work in relative isolation are required to make decision on an immediate basis without prior consultation with the Director of the CMHC.  The CMHC  Director must recognize this need for a decentralized decision-making structure and also accept that within an organization with a non-routine work flow there must be consideration given to Secondary Proposition (5) which suggests that the manager to more likely require co-ordination through feedback loops or as Perrow (1967) would say, the process of "mutual adjustment." The variability of the work flow quite obviously requires readjustment and realignment of both procedures and policies between manager and line staff o the CMHC.  Routinized dialogue through regular staff meetings, case con-  ferences and such devices as "communication" books must be considered of prime importance. Steers (1977, p. 150) discusses communication and, along with delinearing three areas of communication concern, states, "If communication is considered an essential aspect of improving organizational effectiveness, then questions are logically raised concerning ways to improve the exchange of needed information in organizational settings.  Specifically, the problem  for management here is to improve the accuracy, flow and acceptance of relevant communication so that uncertainty is reduced to its lowest level."  101. Communicationprocesses may i n i t i a l l y be examined in terms of the direction of the flow.  Downward communication flow may be facilitated  within a CMHC by the increase of redundancy provided by utilization of multiple communication channels.  Both verbal and written messages may be  utilized simultaneously with the degree of intensity regulated by the number and/or direction of carbon copies. Downward communication from management to staff may be through the utilization of performance appraisals.  This, of course, is consistent  with the utilization of feedback loops as a primary method of co-ordination. RElated to performance appraisal is a recent decision to raise the level of acceptance of the traditional performance evaluation by adding a format provided by an innovative staff member who has a very prestigious clinical reputation.  It is anticipated that a general and required protocol sup-  plemented by a more specific and accurate process will enhance the acceptability fo annual performance evaluations required of all staff. In considering communication directed upward, the problem of overload and distortion is relatively limited within CMHCs, primarily by virtue of their small size.  Approaches such as queuing are not required.  Horizontal communication is perhaps the most significant direction occurring within CMHCs.  The multidisciplinary nature of the work force  and the relative scarcity of accessible external expertise requires distortion-free communication among team members.  Case conferences are a  primary method for achieving this type of horizontal communication.  Problem  situations, however, occur on a relatively unpredictable basis and formal case conferences are usually not possible in time to satisfy an acute need. The degree of uncertainty is high within the work flow.  102.  Frequently several CMHCs may organize themselves in such a way as to facilitate an efficient  use of in-service education.  A workshop may  involve a cluster of CMHCs, permitting exposure to new expertise and the opportunity to learn of innovative programming both through the content of the workshop and informal communication with staff members attached to other CMHCs. If one considers Primary Proposition B, which suggests environmental instability, there are a number of implications for a Director attempting to further organizational effectiveness.  Secondary Proposition (11)  suggests the necessity for environmental monitoring techniques predicated on the existence of turbulent field conditions.  Those staff members assigned  or accepting boundary spanning roles must route information either to the Director or to a decision-making group responsible for accessing that particular task relevant information.  It is the Director's responsibility to  facilitate this process. Secondary proposition (14) emphasizes the facilitation of information among boundary spanning personnel. strategy be shared among these staff.  It is important that a consistent A shared approach in dealing with  intake procedures and referral criteria is essential in contacts with external agencies. The Director has the responsibility to be cognizant and act on these factors.  He may attempt a variety of techniques to develop inter-  personal skills among staff members of the CMHC.  Reward systems may be  utilized which would further staff co-operation and facilitate the accuracy, flow and acceptability of communication.  103.  Leadership Steers- (1977), when discussing leadership, quotes an oprational definition of the term provided by Katz and Kahn (1966, p. 302) and states, "We consider the essence of organizational leadership to be the influential increment over and above mechanical compliance with routine directives." In other words, leadership must be more than the enforcement of mechanical and routinized procedures. In a CMHC, as indicated in Primary Proposition A, the existence of routinized procedures is very limited.  Katz and Kahn (1966) identify  three major functions of leadership which may well be applicable to the current stage of evolution  of the CMHC in our Province.  incompleteness of organizational design.  Reference is made to the  It is well known that written  policies and role functions of employees may not coincide with the operational needs of the CMHC.  It is important for the new employee to learn  "how things are really done."  The function of the leader in this particular  instance is to operationalize the policies and job descriptions within the organizational realities of the CMHC.  Frequently the Director may be forced  to request a rewriting of the Job Description prior to the hiring of new employees. The diverse and unique needs of each CMHC must be taken into account by the Director, along with the "fit" between the prospective employee, his expertise and the expertise available to the CMHC both external and internal to the organization.  Secondary Proposition (2), emphasizing less  rigidity in organizational roles, is applicable, along with Secondary Proposition (6) which suggests the need for a Director of a CMHC to exercise a relatively high degree of discretion.  The degree of discretion applies  104.  primarily to service delivery within the constraints of existing funding, but also may be seen secondarily in areas such as personnel management. Both Steers (1977) and Katz and Kahn (1966) draw attention to changing environmental conditions as reflecting a need for leadership in the movement toward organizational effectiveness.  Consistent with Primary  proposition B, both authors address the f u t i l i t y of relying on built-in stabilizing devices to cope with high magnitude socio^technical environmental changes.  Existing adaptive mechanisms may f a i l , requiring coping  devices available only through leadership.  Katz and Kahn (1966, p. 306)  state, "It is adaptation of such a scale which demands.invention and creativity beyond the performance of role requirements, i t requires leadership of a high order." Steers (1977) refers to the function of leadership as encompassing both instrumental and socio-emotional  activities within the organization.  Miner (1976) referred to similar activities when he discussed task and maintenance goals.  A differentiation is made between activities of the  leader related to goal-relevant activities and the function of the leader in enhancing the personal satisfaction of staff within an organization. Secondary Proposition (7) emphasizes that a Director of a CMHC is more likely to stress morale as a system goal rather than efficiency.  This proposition  and emphasis may be understandable when one recognizes the relative scaracity of skilled manpower in the psychiatric field and the expectation that those hired will act according to internalized professional ethics.  The Director  will rarely, i f ever, question the effecitveness of a fully qualified professional within a CMHC.  Effectiveness  is usually assumed.  105.  Decision-Making A firm linkage may be established between the activities of the leader of an organization and the process of decisions-making peculiar to the respective organization.  A linkage must also be acknowledged with the  act of policy-making. Steers (1977) addresses decisionmaking as a process of selecting among available alternatives.  The quality of the decision is regarded as  being predicated on the recognition and search for possible causes to the problem, the formulation of alternatives in terms of positive or negative outcomes and finally the rationality and appropriateness of the goals identified by the decision-makers. Katz and Kahn (1967, p. 259) make reference to the relationship between policy-making and decision-making when they state, "Policy making is therefore an aspect of organizational change -— the decisive aspect. Policy-making is also the decisive aspect of that level of leadership which involves the lateration, origination or elimination of organizational structure."  Unfortunately, Katz and Kahn (1967) neglect to address the  implications in terms of organizational process which may also be changed reflecting a change in the organizational structure. Perhaps the most relevant and. salient issue to discuss in terms of the operationalization of this material relates to the degree of participation in decision-making.  Or, in other words, the degree to which staff  members of a CMHC participate in the process of making a decision which directly affects the way in which they do their work.  If one considers  pragmatically the inter-disciplinary mix of professions, the relatively small number of staff and the historic emphasis on CMHC program autonomy  106.  within a given catchment area, one is inclined to suggest consistency with the general opinion that an authoritative administrative style does not optimally serve the super-ordinate goals of the CMHC.  The difficulty occurs  when one attempts to take into account perceptual differences occurring among diverse professionals relating to a heterogenous staff in areas of great demographic diversity. In order to provide for some degree of consensus between organizational goals and the treatment goals of the professional within the organization, i t is necessary to generalize and emphasize a statement by Whittington (1973, p. 75) when he states, "The basic goal is to optimize ego-involvement on the part of the staff by ensuring their participation in decision-making that affects their personal and professional futures and the futures of their clients or prospective clients." for the decision  The responsibility  and the ultimate authority must remain with the Director,  however, with provision and recognition of feedback loops through the process of mutual adjustment referred to earlier.  A very tricky process!  The expansion of the roles of staff in a CMHC to include selected areas of responsibility for the presentation of factors relating to the problem identificationand formulation of alternative stages of decisionmaking would seem to be an appropriate form of goal synergistic behaviour. The decision, in essence, would rest ultimately with the Director, but the recognition of the need to decentralize aspects of the decisionmaking process is of significance.  Secondary Proposition (4) which refers to the  need for decentralized decisions would seem consistent with this discussion. The role expansion of staff members to include this function on a delegated basis would seem consistent with Secondary Proposition (7), which  107.  emphasizes that an organization with a non-routine work flow is more likely to emphasize morale as a system goal rather than efficiency.  The partici-  patory involvement of staff in decision-making would suggest a recognition on their part that they have a significant degree of control over not only the application of their respective technology, but also the general service orientation, direction and processes which occur both internal and external to the CMHC. The discussion to this point has dealt primarily with generalizable statements addressing both program and treatment modalities employed within programs.  However, Secondary Proposition (3) refers to the correlation  between a non-routine work flow and a high degree of professional training. Decisions related to the application of specific technologies to clients by specific disciplines is usually completely decentralized with the assumption that this delegation is consistent with the professional nature of the staff.  However, case conferences and intake procedures are methods  utilized by the organizations raise the level of the decision-making process. Involvement in case conferences is usually voluntary, while intake meetings are not and may be utilized as a monitoring device for individual professional effectiveness. In summary, i t is necessary for the Director to effect a compromise as indicated by Whittington (1973, p. 81) when he states, "The leader is constantly caught between opposing goals.  As mentioned, he must reconcile  the comfort goals of the staff with the production goals of the community. He must reconcile the antithetical goals of order vs. freedom, of stability vs. f l e x i b i l i t y , of predictability vs. creativity."  108.  Organizational Adaptation and Innovation Throughout the course of the previous discussion there has been reference to the primary base of a CMHC as an open system which in the course of its existence develops boundary-spanning transactions with the environment in which it is embedded.  Authors such as Emery and Trist (1965),  Terryberry (1968), Duncan (1973,) Lawrence and Lorsch (1967), Gabarro (1973) and Thompson (1967) all discuss the importance of addressing the relationship between organization and environment and the significance of boundaryspanning activities.  Terryberry (1968) particularly suggests that organi-  zational change is increasingly externally induced and that organizational adaptability is a function of the ability to learn and to perform according to changes in the vnrionment.  Most of this material has been touched upon  in previous discussion. Steers (1977), in the presentation of his model of management concerns, emphasizes the role of management in the balancing of the needs of adaptation and innovation with the equally important organizational needs for stability and continuity of structure and process.  Given the non-  routine work flow of .a CMHC, a predominantly turbulent environment and the increasing scarcity of resources, this issue is believed to be of increasing significance and importance. Rosner (1968) and Lynton (1969) both address the subject of organization control and innovation.  Rosner (1968) suggests that an organization  may be used as a tool to achieve goals and ensure r e l i a b i l i t y and predicability witnin the organization.  At the same time, innovation  facilitates  the organization's adaptation to its environment and also facilitates goal achievement.  Two pressures are identified;  a. pressure..toward control as  109.  the organization attempts to reduce uncertainty and enhance predictability, and a related pressure toward innovation.  As control, particularly control  of activity, increases, innovation decreases.  An inter-play occurs between  stability and change. Innovation, however, may be contingent on other factors not identified by Rosner (1968), such as technology and the degree of turbulence present in the organizational environment.  This is consistent with both  Primary Proposition A and Primary Proposition B, emphasizing both a nonroutine work flow and current turbulent field conditions.  Rosner. (1968)  relates v i s i b i l i t y of consequences to innovation, where v i s i b i l i t y of consequences is defined as the ability or willingness to measure the consequences of organizational programs with organizational goals.  It is sug-  gested that when measures are introduced to check consequences, the propensity to innovate increases.  It is strongly suggested that the Director  of a CHMC selectively implement administrative controls which di not s t i f l e the propensity to innovate.  The turbulent environment and diverseness in  treatment modalities within a CMHC suggest both an opportunity and capacity to innovate.  Only the motivation remains which may well be facilitated by  the Director. Lynton (1969) examines organizational structure within the context of a turbulent field (Primary Proposition B).  In a turbulent field a CMHC  must innovate in order to maintain equilibrium.  At the same time Primary  Proposition B suggests an increasing differentiation of the organization into specialized sub-units.  A need for integration is expressed.  Lynton  (1969) suggests that i f the need for change in response to turbulence is assessed, permanent and innovative sub-units may be institutionalized,  no.  legitimized and, with the assistance of integrating devices, become part of an organizational structure which is permitted to retain its predictability and reduction in uncertainty. A CMHC may well assess a program relating to learning disabilities as requiring a rapid change in response on a continuous basis, as the environment changes, with the development of new resources. The staff assigned to this program from within the CMHC may well be permitted flexibility of response with a consensus from other segments of the staff that this is a unique and required service. may occur at all levels.  Legitimization  All that remains is to provide an integrative  linkage between the innovative sub-unit and the organization as a totality.  Influence of Setting on Administration A number of pragmatic considerations directly affect the relationship between the CMHC administrators and the staff of the organization. The majority of CMHC within the boundaries of our discussion are relatively small in size. visible.  With a small number of staff the administrator is very  There is an opportunity for him to model behaviour which is seen  as desirable.  A teaching function may be realized providing opportunity for  direct support of appropriate behaviour.  Whittington (1973, p. 61) discusses  this factor when he states, "In a large mental health agency this model of leadership is totally inappropriate and i f followed esclusively will result in the ruin of the agency." A small size is also contributory to a high degree of role blurring and a.requirement for a basic substitutability of function. are more significant in maintaining direct service delivery.  Staff absences Intake procedures  Ill.  must be know to all staff, including clerical support.  The issue of "like  pay for like work" is also a significant consideration when a psychiatric nurse, acting as an administrator, is paid only a token compensation for responsibility which takes in not only programs, but also accountability for the behaviour of other disciplines including psychiatry.  Tensions are  generated by the least paid member of the program staff having sole statutory responsibility for the service and staff aspects of the CMHC. The type of staff employed at the CMHC also affects the relationships between administrator and other employees.  Program staff who are  fully accredited within their respective discipline are expected to maintain appropriate standards of practice.  The administrator will not be required,  generally, to supervise clinical performance.  However, with the increasing  diversity of non-professional disciplines who lack internalized standards of practice, there is a demand for a supervisory role for which the majority of administrators lack preparation. With an emphasis on a functional team organization with unit control, the existence of separate disciplinary lines are a source of tension. As discussed by Blau  and Scott (1966), the degree of organizational  loyalty is greatly affected by the degreee of disciplinary identification. The existence of disciplinary consultants with the objectives of furthering unique disciplinary identification creates an additional burden on the administration of a CMHC.  The integrity of the organization is placed in  jeopardy. Blau and Scott (1966) discuss at some length the relationship between employee identification with an organizationand the degree of which they are affiliated with disciplianry groupings.  Mental Health Programs  112.  rely to an extent on professional associations to monitor clinical competence and provide for the inculcation of appropriate ethical standards in relation to both colleagues and clients.  Professionally identified treatment  goals and organizational goals are often inconsistent.  A committee recently  formed within Mental Health Programs; the Standards of Practice Committee has recently produced a draft copy of expected ethical and practice standards to be adhered to by all employees.  Perhaps the organization will subsume  some functions previously held by disciplinary and professional groupings (see Appendix 5). Public agencies such as the CMHC are not as accountable as private agencies on methods of optimizing the productivity of staff.  The public  agency with its limited compensation for placement in geographically isolated areas must emphasize staff satisfaction as a way of retaining personnel. Lack of vertical mobility and absence of career leaders in CMHC is also significant in considering the need to emphasize staff satisfaction and maintenance goals.  113.  Chapter 11  CONCLUSION  The Community Mental Health Centre - A Status  Report  To a degree, many of the weaknesses.pervasive through the Community Mental Health Centre system, stem from the strengths which keep i t visible and significant in communities through the Province.  A fundamental strength  easily identified is the holistic approach offered to the individual, his family and the community in which he resides.  The orientation of each  professional lends i t s e l f to this consideration which is further enforced by the multi-discipiinary team which focuses in a concerted fashion on the multi-faceted aspects of the problems presented by the patient.  Leopold  (1974, p. 186) states, "Surely no one will deny that a fundamental strength rests in its view of the individual and his problems, a view that takes into account both the internal and external forces that contribute to his existence and includes hopefully, much that is relevant in the thinking of medicine as well as all other disciplines that concern themselves with human well being."  Unfortunately, this holistic approach with its accompany-  ing highly abstracted mandate (see Appendix 6) as expressed by Mental Health Programs, lends i t s e l f to a marked diffusion of effort on the part of staff as they attempt to treat a total problem which may range from delinquency to cleanliness.  The multiple causation of mental illness make  the identification of single interventions quite impossible.  114.  The vague but inexorable pressure to align mental health professional with preventative activity adds fuel to the diffusion of effort. Leopold (1974, p. 187) states emphatically, "No one questions the desirability of prevention, but unfortunately, no one knows in the context of mental illness, what i t really means how to do i t or how to measure i t . " Yet, many professionals, feel obligated to allocate a significant amount of their time to activities which they feel relate to prevention. The catchment area concept which was i n i t i a l l y established to facilitate a focus for mental health effort remains a mechanism which was also established to return patients to their own communities in an orderly fashion.  Unfortunately, catchment area boundaries bear l i t t l e relationship  to either health or welfare funding or planning units.  Little regard was  given to the location of other functional boundaries.  The result is that  in many catchment areas there is a shortage of other human service agencies other than the Mental Health Centre. Unfortunately, efforts to evaluate the structure and process of Community Mental Health Centres is more than often done on the basis of the evaluator's own feeling of what a Community Mental Health Centre should be doing, perhaps in areas of social action.  Perhaps, in summary, the Community  Mental Health Centre displays its greatest weaknesses in failing as a broad spectrum social welfare agency due to lack of resources, and secondly, diverting clinical time to accomplish defined objectives of other human service agencies.  In some ways the Community Mental Health Centre has by  default moved from a health care system to a social welfare oriented service. Removing the Community Mental Health Centre from a welfare delivery orientation and placing i t in closer proximity to the existing health care  115.  system may well be the most viable organizational strategy at this point in time. The implications for the existing default model of non-medical administration would suggest a high degree of resistence as the technologies these professionals employ would be of less u t i l i t y in relation to the changing objectives of the CMHC. staff would be severely eroded.  The power base of the non-medical support The continual problem of psychiatric service  availabilty would have to be addressed with some new system of inducement established.  Current organizational changes with the appointment of an  Executive Director of both MH programs and Riverview Hospital would suggest a possible increased availability of both nursing and medical staff who might relatively easily accept an increased community responsibility. The problem of dimensions, control and territory remain.  Leopold  (1974, p. 202), sums up and states, "We have all learned perhaps to our personal dismay, that he who is in charge of the purse strings i s , in fact, in charge.  The community mental health administrator is in a uniquely  favourable position to make use of his hard won knowledge as he attempts to bring about the integration of his facilities with those of the general health system."  Broad Planning Implications The administrators of mental health programs are confronted with pressures toward innovations and change.  The success of any program is  largely determined by the management of the change process.  A number of  factors have contributed to this process not the least of which is the rapidly increasing varities of technology available to mental health  116.  professionals..  The increasing diversity of demand and the subsequent diver-  sification of service is a reflection of the quest for individualized services tailored to each client requesting service.  Feldman (1974, p. 290) remarks  on the pervasiveness of the change process, "Within the field of mental '.. health, i t might seem that major trends have come slowly enough: moral treatment, custodial ism, psychoanalysis, community mental health.  But  closer examination reveals that innovations, i f not other varieties of change, has become a way of l i f e within mental health organizations." Two rather general propositions have been generated:  the proposal  that the work flow in CMH is non-routine and secondly that current environmental field conditions are turbulent.  Both of these proposals reflect  a high degree of uncertainty when considering the planning process. Given a non-routine work flow and the relative contrast with organizations such as Public Health there is less opportunity for programmed direction of staff.  The non-routine work flow combined with the  relatively small size of the organizational unit mediates against high specificity in the application of rules and regulations.  Immediate questions  such as the feasibility of "integration" with the Public Health system must be viewed within this perspective.  It is quite feasible to suggest the  applications of mechanisms to facilitate program integration.  Indeed this  form of integration may indeed be inevitable reflecting scarce environmental resources.  Co-ordinating bodies rather than a single individual would  likely be a reasonable first step in achieving i n i t i a l program and resources sharing accompanied by a more valid planning process based on increased information flow.  117.  Administrative integration face of programs. importance.  must result from the increased inter-  Issues of t e r r i t o r i a l i t y and domain are of paramount  To impose a more structured and programmed management system  may i f introduced rapidly result in the decreased f l e x i b i l i t y of CMHC's to respond to non-routine demand both inter- and intra-organizationally. Turbulent environmental field conditions further suggest co-ordinating mechanisms perhaps on a regional basis with regional boundaries co-terminous with boundaries established for other groups within the Health Ministry. The increased importance of boundary spanning personnel must be stressed in order to accommodate an orderly planning process with a concurrent reduction in uncertainty.  Increased program interfaces within the Ministry of  Health are further reinforced. The change process at present would appear to suggest a decent tralized, regional model of co-ordinated health care delivery.  The evolution  of CMHC has produced 33~autonomous units, each with their own administrator. The current Regional Director structure was predicted largely as the increasing span of control of the Co-ordinator of Mental Health only.  A ....  Regional concept with regional health care resources co-ordination combined with coterminous catchment area boundaries would seem to be a rational option. From this base a greater delineation of programs within the health delivery system may be possible.  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Feldman (ed.), The Administration of Mental Health Springfield, Illinois, Charles C. Thomas, 1973. Woodward, J . Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press, 1965.  In Services.  London,  123.  APPENDIX 1  CMHC  PROGRAM  OUTLINES1  Assessemnt and Diagnosis Program This program provides for direct examination and assessment, by Mental Health professionals of several disciplines, both of individual Mental Health Centre clients and of clients of other agencies. Assessment and diagnostic services are provided to adults, adolescents and children who receive treatment from the Mental Health Centre and to clients: referred by other agencies (e.g. Human Resources, Public Health, Eduacation, Corrections, etc.). Examples of services included are: social assessment, behavioural assessment, developmental level assessment, psychiatric assessment, and psychological assessment. The objectives of this program are: to aid in the development of a treatment plan for clients, and to provide a specialized support service to community agencies. Community Educational Program This is a program of educative and training services provided to groups of individuals at all age levels within the community. People receiving these services may be experiencing some difficulties in dealing with a particular area in their l i f e situation, such as parenting or marriage. Typically the problems are not yet of the magnitude to require counselling or therapy. Services in this program are often provided in a formal education course fashion or in workshops. Examples of included services are: communication workshops, effective parenting education and family l i f e training. Objectives of this program are to help individuals deal with problems of l i f e and to prevent problems of relatively low intensity from developing into disabling proportions. Community Support Program This is a program of development and support of community services. Special needs groups, such as single parent, senior citizens and other self-help  124.  groups, are developed and/or supported in their work. In this program the Mental Health Centre serves as a catalyst for broad back-up of a community service rather than as a provider of direct service. Examples of services are: referral and advocacy, development of self-help groups and information Objectives of this program are to help individuals with problems of l i f e to work together and help each other deal with their situation, to prevent these problems from becoming disabling, and to work with the community agencies to develop new resources to meet identified community needs.  Consultation Program This is a program primarily to other agencies. Advice and/or "prescriptions regarding clinical procedures, therapy techniques and treatment modalities useful in helping a particular client or general type of presenting problem is provided to community agencies (e.g. Human Resources, Public Health, Education, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Hospitals, etc.). Examples of services are: problem identification, therapy methods, alternate resources, and program development and evaluation. Objectives of this program are to support other community resources in providing services by discussion of data supplied by the personnel of those community resources, and to increase the s k i l l level of other professionals and nonprofessionals.  Counselling Program This is a program of counselling services provided to individuals, couples and family groups. The adults, adolescents and children who receive these services are suffering from social, emotional or behavioural problems which are disruptive but not disabling enough to require intensive psychotherapy. Individuals suffering from marital conflict, parent-child conflict, developmental crises, self-doubt and other problems in living may receive counsel l i Examples of included services are marital counselling, post-separation counselling, retirement counselling, identity counselling and pre-marital counsel 1ing. The objectives of this program are improved functioning on the part of individual clients and avoidance of further personality disorganization which would require more intensive services. Group Therapy Program This is a program of therapy services directed primarily toward groups of clients. The adults, adolescents and children who receive services from  125.  this program usually do not include those most acutely disturbed and out of touch with reality. They do, however, need ongoing treatment for emotional, social or behavioural problems. Examples of treatment services include: family therapy, social group therapy, marital or family therapy, full or part-time day programs, and activity groups. The objective of this program is improved functioning on the part of individual clients, improvement in personal relationships and improvement in personal comfort.  Individual Therapy Program This is a program of therapy services directed primarily toward individuals. Adults, adolescents and children receive these services for help with severe emotional, behavioural and social problems. Individuals receiving these services are usually diagnosed as being in some state of acute distress, requiring intensive and/or long-term treatment. Individuals suffering from psychoses, depressions, anxieties and life-stree reactions would all likely receive services from this program. Examples of treatment services included in this program are: uncovering or interpret!'vepsychotherapy, reality therapy, desensitization, behaviour modification, supportive psychotherapy, role therapy, play therapy and crisis intervention. Any or all of these might be combined with chemotherapy, or supervision and adjustment of medications may be the main treatment focus. The objective of this program is improved functioning on the part of individual clients, together with improvement in self understanding and personal comfort.  Rehabilitation Program This is a program of treatment services for adults and occasionally adolescents with a history of disabling mental illness. Both individual and group treatment are employed. Persons requiring this program may be those released from an institution or those who for other reasons have lost daily living s k i l l s , work skills and habits, general confidence in their ability to re-enter the normal world of work and/or family and community l i f e . Examples of services are: the provision of goal directed activity programs, occupation therapy, work-orineted motivation therapy, sheltered employment. The objectives of this program are to assist the client to gain confidence to assume and enjoy a responsible, contributing mode of living within the communi ty.  126.  Research and Evaluation Program This is a program of feedback services provided to clinicians and administrators. Hard and soft data research studies and process and outcome evaluation studies provide feedback on centre functioning. Services included are: awareness, attitude and incidence surveys, therapeutic effectiveness research and demonstration project evluation. Objective of this program is to improve the quality of services provided to clients and the community.  Residential Program This is a program of services for adults. Individuals receiving these services are usually suffering from long-term disabilities, but may also be persons not yet chronically disabled who may or may not have received inpatient treatment who require a supportive, growth-promoting environment to enable them to resume an interrupted l i f e or to confidently enter normal community l i f e . Services include: supervised boarding homes, long and ••; short term, providing levels of appropriate program, monitored apartment living, monitored independent group l i v i n g , and regular supervision of the use of medications. Objectives of this program are to provide an environment designed to help clients to reach and maintain their optimal level of functioning; to prevent admission or readmission to inpatient facilities and to re-integrate clients into the normal community.  Mental Health Programs Policy Manual.  127. Department Employee Relations Bureau Province of British Columbia  APPENDIX 2  JOB  DESCRIPTIONS CENTRE  MENTAL  HEALTH  STAFF  COMPONENT 09 - MEDICAL GROUP 1 CLASS 202  MEDICAL SPECIALIST and/or ADMINISTRATOR 2 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position with the Public Service are under the administrative direction of the Deputy Minister or Associate Deputy Minister or senior medical officer and are responsible for the supervision of medical and para-medical personnel of a small divsion or a specialized service or clinic as public health unit directors with certification in Public Health; and as directors of mental health centres; or are consultants as designated by the Deputy Minister; other related duties as required. This is the working level for experienced medical specialists.  Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge Graduation from a medical school of recognized standing with a degree of Doctor of Medicine, or the equivalent, registration in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia; certification in an applicable specialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  128.  2.  Experience Considerable related supervisory or administrative experience for executive administrators; a minimum of two years or more of experience in the field of specialty subsequent to specialist certification.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Mature judgment; flexibility in dealing with problems; ability to direct and utilize professional staff; ability to engage in public speaking; considerable administrative ability.  April 1, 1975 (New  Classification)  129.  Civil Service Commission Victoria, B.C. GROUP "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 12 - Sociological and Psychological SOCIAL WORKER - PSYCHIATRIC 3 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are under the direction of a Senior Social Worker and are involved with treatment responsibilities of special complexity and difficulty and assignment to more demanding clinical roles requiring use of advanced s k i l l s . They are assigned more difficult responsibilities as a regular, recurring duty; assume assignments of a research and experimental nature, extending their skills into newer areas such as development of special therapeutic groups; handle difficult patients and families where sensitivity to accurate timing, appropriate technique and manifestations of illness are of vital importance; work with patients who particularly reject treatment or may be a hazard to themselves and others; may work in cases where extra s k i l l s in community organization, interpretation, consultation, and co-ordination are required. They are responsible for carrying out a full social work contribution into team practices and extending that contribution to its maximum, while maintaining a sound relationship to the various responsibilities and roles of other team members. They have particular responsibility for reporting back and identifying needs and trends that will aid in planning, staff and programme development and policy changes.  Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge A Master of Social Work degree from an accredited School of Social Work; a sound theoretical knowledge of case work and group work practices and must have demonstrated excellent practice skills with considerable capacity for originality and resourcefulness.  130.  2.  Experience Several years' experience in a recognized psychiatric or medical setting, or in a related treatment-focussed social agency setting.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Tact; sound judgement; ability to obtain confidence of patients and families; ability to work well with other professions and community representatives; advanced s k i l l s in social treatment, expert timing and alertness to manifestations of illness so as to bring them appropriately'.to medical attention; ability to maintain an objective interest in people and a demonstrated ability to work with them.  1.4.66 (new position)  131.  Civil Service Commission Victoria, B.C.  GROUP "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 12 - Sociological and Psychological SOCIAL WORKER - PSYCHIATRIC 4 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are under the direction of a Chief Social Worker and are required to oversee a social work programme carried out by a group of social workers in a particular programme area of a hospital or c l i n i c . They are responsible for the social work programme and standards of performance in their programme area. Duties include giving supervisory guidance to staff; maintaining effective case flow and case management and developing good team inter-relationships; co-ordinating their programme within the hospital or c l i n i c ; developing good working relationships with representatives of community agencies; in co-operation with the Chief Social Worker and other administrative officials, carrying out staff development programmes, evaluating staff and programme needs, and developing new policies and procedures; taking responsibility for hospital and c l i n i c relationships to Social Agencies and participating in community interpretation.  Qualifications Required 1.  Educationand Specialized Knowledge A Master of Social Work degree from an accredited School of "' Social Work; expert knowledge and'.skill in social work.  2.  Experi ence Several years' suitable experience in a recognized psychiatric or medical setting; in a related treatment-focussed social agency setting.  132.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Tact; sound judgement; ability to plan a social work programme and to give leadership to its effective operation and development; ability to co-ordinate with other disciplines and with overall programme; ability to make professional decisions quickly on the basis of limited knowledge; supervisory ability; ability to interpret services and policy and maintain good liaison with the community; ability to maintain an objective interest in people and a demonstrated ability to work with them.  1.466 (new position)  133.  Civil Service Commission Victoria, British Columbia GROUP "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 12 - Sociological and Psychological PSYCHOLOGIST 3 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are responsible either for the provision of psychological services in a Mental Health unit under the general direction of a director, or for the management of psychological services in a smaller functional unit of a larger psychiatric f a c i l i t y . They are required to collaborate closely with either junior psychologists for whom they are administratively responsible, or with other professional disciplines in the unit or in other community services and agencies in the aplnning and organization of programmes and are involved in rendering services in some, but not necessarily a l l , of the following areas: (a) Appraisal - The provision of an assessment services for psychodiagnosis, re-evaluation following therapy and appraisal of psychological resources of both/either adults and/or children; the supervision of junior psychologists in the use of and in the preparation of written reports based on standardized psychological methods, projective techniques, psychophysical tests, and other professional judgments, any number of which constitute an assessment service, (b) Therpay - The provision of programmes of therapy pertinent to patients of different ages, and differing disturbances, with close medical and/or psychiatric collaboration; the supervision of junior psychologists in conducting clinical interviews, play therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, and operant therapeutic techniques, any number of which might constitute such a therapy service, (c) Rehabilitation - the provision of an educational and vocational counselling service in collaboration with other agencies and/or other unit departments for placement, selection, and/or vocational training; the supervision of junior psychologists both in the use of standardized psychological methods relating to the assessment of aptitudes, interests, achievements, and other pertinent attributes, and in the rendering of educational or vocational counselling based on these methods, (d) Education - The organization of and/or participation in the development of community Mental Health education, in-service training, workshops, and institutes, (e) Consultation The provision of a consultative service to community services such as welfare agencies, school-boards, correctional institutes, and Mental Health associations who would benefit from such professional assistance; the provision of a consultative service to other unit departments in regard to such matters as personnel recruitment, placement, selection, job analysis and merit-rating.  134.  Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge  Graduation from a university of recognized standing with a Master of Arts degree in psychology or an equivalent degree. 2.  Experience  A minimum of five years experience in the supervised practice of psychology in psychiatric facilities following graduation, of which one year has been in a senior capacity. One year's credit may be granted for those who have satisfied all conditions for the Ph.D. or equivalent degree except for the dissertation requirement. One year's credit may be granted for the successful completion of a one year predoctoral internship programme. 3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills  Sound organizational s k i l l s ; proven ability in implementing policies and procedures; ability to supervise.  1.9.70  135.  Civil Service Commission Victoria, British Columbia  GROUP "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 12 - Sociological and Psychological  PSYCHOLOGIST 4 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are responsible either for the provision of psychological services in a Mental Health unit under the general direction of a director, or for the management of psychological services in a smaller functional unit of a larger psychiatric f a c i l i t y . They are required to collaborate closely with either junior psychologists for whom they are administratively responsible or with other professional disciplines in the unit or in other community services and agencies in the planning and organization of programmes and are involved in rendering services in some, but not necessarily a l l , of the following areas: (a) Appraisal - The provision of an assessment service for psychodiagnosis, re-evaluation following therapy and appraisal of psychological resources of both/either adults and/or children; the supervision of junior psychologists in the use of, and in the preparation of, written reports based on standardized psychological methods, projective techniques, psychophysical tests, and other professional judgments, any number of which constitute such an assessment service, (b) Therapy The provision of programmes of therapy pertinent to patients of different ages, and differing disturbances, with close medical and/or psychiatric collaboration; the supervision of junior psychologists in conducting clincial interviews, play therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, and operant therapeutic techniques, any number of which might constitute such a therapy service, (c) Rehabilitation - The provision of an educational and vocational counselling service in collaboration with other agencies and/or other unit departments for placement, selection, and/or vocational training; the supervision of junior psychologists both in the use of standardized psychological methods relating to the assessment of aptitudes, interests, achievements, and other pertinent attributes, and in the rendering of educational or vocational counselling based on these methods, (d) Education - The organization of and/or participation in the development of community Mental Health education, in-service training, workshops, and institutes, (e) Consultation The provision of a consultative service to community services such as welfare agencies, school boards, correctional institutes, and Mental Health associations who would benefit from such professional assistance; the provision of a consultative service to other unit departments in regard to such matters as personnel recruitment, placement, selection, job analysis and merit-rating.  136.  In addition to the above management and supervisory functions, the employees may be called upon to initiate or may themselves initiate or delegate with direction, the design of research and its statistical analysis relating to problems of a psychological nature. Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge  Graduation from a university of recognized standing with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology or an equivalent degree. 2.  Experience  A minimum of three years experinece in the supervised practice of psychology in psychiatric facilities following graduation, of which one year has been in a senior capacity. One year's credit may be granted for the successful completion of a one year pre-doctoral internship programme. Credit of one or more years may be granted in lieu of experience accumulated in the supervised practise of psychology in psychiatric f a c i l i t i e s subsequent to the completion of an M.A. or equivalent degree acquired earlier. 3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills  Sound organizational s k i l l s ; proven ability in implementing policies and procedures; ability to supervise.  1.9.70  137.  Public Service Victoria, B.C.  GROUP 66 - HOSPITAL & ALLIED SERVICES CLASS 5 - CUSTODIAL CARE POSITION 253  ACTIVITY WORKER 3 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are under the supervision of an occupational therapist, senior activity worker or other institutional official and are: a)  Under general direction required to independently operate a limited or medium sized activity program. Supervision of Activity Worker 1 or 2 may be involved. or  b)  Under immediate direction performing at the working level in a program requiring-the supervision of patients involved in the regular operation of complex and dangerous equipment.  c)  Under minimal direction functioning as assistant director of an extensive program. Supervision of junior activity workers is normally required.  Duties include those required of Activity Workers 2 plus planning, executing and assessing the program; training and direction of Activity Workers 1 and 2, and other related duties as required.  Qualifications Required 1.  or  Education and Experience (a)  Two years as Activity Worker 2 or equivalent.  (b)  University graduation in appropriate disciplines, preferably with some related experience gained working  138.  with residents of type involved in the particular institution, or via working with community groups or volunteer agencies. 2.  Specialized Knowledge A highly developed level of personal proficiency in the trade, s k i l l , craft or technique applicable, familiarity with teaching methods; some knowledge of the therapeutic value of the particular activity. Possession of the appropriate Driver's Licence, lifeguard qualifications, or other licence or c e r t i f i cate may be required.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Ability to stimulate residents' interest, assess results of the program and work effectively on an individual or group basis; ability to adapt to changing roles and program requirements; ability to exercise tact and good judgment; ability to work effectively with institutional staff, volunteers, residents, and the general public.  September 1974  (To replace Recreational Therapists, Handicraft Instructors, Hospital Tutors, Instructors - Rehabilitation)  139.  Province of British Columbia  COMPONENT 50:  SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL & HEALTH SERVICES  GROUP 2:  HEALTH RELATED SERVICES CLASS 121  OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 1 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are under the direction of the Occupational Therapist-in-charge and/or the medical staff and are required to instruct and supervise up to thirty patients in a mental hospital, contagious disease hospital, or infirmary, in several handicrafts such as sewing, hemstitching, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, wood-carving, pottery-making, plastic work, and shell-work; to consult with the Occupational Therapist-in-Charge and the medical satff in connection with assigning the patient to the particular occupation that would best aid his recovery; to observe and record the individual patient's progress; to instruct patients in the use of equipment used in the various handicrafts; to submit reports on the individual patient's progress recommending action necessary to improve his condition; may supervise the sale of articles made by patients; may be required to purchase or requisition for materials and equipment; may be required to supervise the work of Industrial Therapists; to perform related duties as requi red. Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge Graduation from a university or an approved school--with a degree or a diploma in Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitative Medicine; a good knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques, and the operation and care of related equipment and minor maintenace.  2.  Experience  Preferably some experience subsequent to formal training.  140.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Tact; sound judgement; ability to assist in the planning and direction of an occupational therapy programme in an institution; ability to estimate cost and value of materials; ability to deal with both physically i l l and mentally i l l patients.  PROVISO Successful applicants with a minimum of one year's acceptable experience as an Occupational Therapist may commence employment in the second step of the salary range and those with a minimum of two years acceptable experience as Occupational Therapist may commence employment in the third step of the salary range.  1.4.70  (revised and transferred from Group "IE", Class 10)  141 .  Civil Service Commission Victoria, B.C. "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 10 - Nursing NURSE 2 Characteristics of Position Employees visory or or Charge degree of  in this position are under direction to perform work of a superspecialized nature as senior nurse and direct assistant to the Head nurse, or to perform specialized nursing services of a comparable complexity.  Duties may includerresponsibility, in the absence of the head nurse, for ward management and supervision of patients and staff; assisting in the development of a programme of total nursing care of patients or residents in a designated area; assigning duties to all area personnel and assisting in their supervision; participating in the orientation and training of staff; assisting in arranging schedules, writing reports; and maintaining nursing records; assisting with technical procedures and treatments and preparing and operating equipment; o_r carrying out specialized nursing duties in a clinical setting, war, or programme involving special treatments, experimental therapy, intensive care, or therapeutic nursing care; o_r assisting in the public health nursing service in a health unit; keeping abreast of developments and changes in nursing techniques; performing other related duties as required. Positions in this category are determined on an establishment basis relevant to staff numbers, length of patient stay and movement, intensity and complexity of programme; or on the requirement to assist with the day-to-day management of a ward or programme.  Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge Eligible to practise nursing in the prvoince of British Columbia under the Registered Nurses and/or Psychiatric Nurses Acts; preferably a recognized course in administration or clinical specialty relevant to the position.  2.  Experience A minimum of two years satisfactory experience or one year in the particular specialty or area with an approved relevant course.  142.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Sound judgement, tact, high standards of integrity and respons i b i l i t y ; ability to meet and deal with the public; ability to prepare and maintain records, charts and reports; ability to supervise and instruct staff.  Proviso Nurses who have successfully completed approved appropriate clinical and university courses may be paid an amount in addition to the salary assigned to the position. (Replaces Staff Nurse 2 and Assistant Charge Psychiatric Nurse) 1/4/73  143.  Civil Service Commission Victoria, B.C. "PR" - PROFESSIONAL Class 10 - Nursing NURSE 5 Characteristics of Position Employees in this position are under general direction to supervise the total nursing services provided through a group of wards comprising a small unit; or to assist in the administration and supervision of nursing services of:a large unit; or to be in sole charge during afternoon and night shifts of a large institution or hospital; to be responsible for nursing services in a highly technical area or c l i n i c . Duties may include directing nursing and auxiliary personnel and co-ordinating inter-departmental services; organizing and administering an educational programme for staff and patients; maintaining adequate staff and equipment; carrying out personnel administration and policy; maintaining staff records and preparing reports on nursing service and its requirements; promoting and encouraging inter-departmental relationships; keeping abreast of developments and changes in nursing services; deputizing, for a superior where the position normally requires assistance in the administration of a large unit and performing other related duties as required.  Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge Eligible to practice nursing in the province of British C-lumbia under the Registered Nurse and/or Psychiatric Nurse Acts, preferably recognized courses in administration, appropriate clinical specialty or university diplomas in nursing relevant to the position.  2.  Experience Several years nursing.experience including two^years in a supervisory •capacity as a Head. Nurse or equivalent.  3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills Sound judgment, tact, high standards of integrity and respons i b i l i t y ; ability to meet and deal with the public; knowledge  144.  and ability in personnel management; ability to write reports; and ability to supervise and instruct a large staff.  Proviso Nurses who have successfully completed approved appropriate clinical and university courses may be paid an amount in addition to the salary assigned to the position. (Replaces Superintendent of Nurses 2 and Chief Psychiatric Nurse 2) 1/4/73  145.  COMPONENT 50: GROUP 3:  SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL & HEALTH SERVICES SOICAL & HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT CLASS 471  CASE AIDE Characteristics of Position Employees in this position perform duties as a member of Field Service staff in the District Social Welfare Offices or in other offices in the Department of Social Welfare. They work under the immediate direction of a District Supervisor or senior social worker and are required to assist social workers and carry out delegated duties relative to Social Assistance, Child Welfare, ancillary services, and related work assigned according to the policies and procedures pertaining to the general social welfare services of the Department. Qualifications Required 1.  Education and Specialized Knowledge  Secondary School Graduation or equivalent; preferably completion of at least one year of a Social Welfare Aide course in a recognized University or College. 2.  Experience  Preferably some experience in meeting the public or in allied fields; must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver's licence. 3.  Specialized Abilities and Skills  Ability to maintain an objective interest in people, and a sympathetic understanding of their problems; tact and sound judgement; ability to use community resources; ability to express themselves in writing as well as orally; ability to drive an automobile. Proviso Suitable applicants who have completed a two year Social Welfare Aide Course at a recognized University or College may commence at step 2 of the salary range of this position. 1.6.68  (replaces Welfare Officer)  146.  APPENDIX 3  PUBLIC  HEALTH  HEALTH  I.  POLICY-MENTAL  SERVICES,  19 72  SERVICES AND FACILITIES OF THE MENTAL HEALTH BRANCH The mental health services of the Province are administered by the Mental Health Branch of the Department of Health Services and Hospital Insurance under the supervision of the Deputy Minister of Mental Health. The office of the Deputy Minister is situated at 1019 Wharf Street, Victoria, B.C. MENTAL HEALTH BRANCH FACILITIES  Telephone No.  Riverview Hospital, Essondale, B.C.  521-1911  Valleyview Hospital, Essondale, B.C.  521-1911  Dellview Hospital, Vernon, B.C.  542,3011  Skeenaview Hospital, Terrace, B.C.  635-2265  The Woodlands School, New Westminster, B.C.  521-2611  Tranquille School, Tranquille, B.C.  376-3361  British Columbia Youth Development Centre, 3405 Willingdon Avenue, Brunaby 2, B.C.  434-4247  147.  MENTAL HEALTH CENTRES Name  Address  Telephone  MENTAL HEALTH CENTRES LOCATED AT: Burnaby Chi 11iwack Courtenay Cranbrook Duncan Fort St. John Kamloops Kelowna Maple Ridge Nanaimo Nelson New Westminster Penticton Port Coquitlam Powell River Prince Rupert Prince George Saanich Surrey Terrace Trail Vernon Victoria Whalley  A.  3405 Willingdon Avenue 45470 Menholm Road 480 Cumberland Road 2205 Second Street North 675 Canada Avenue Box 4000 519 Columbia Streetq 390 Queensway 12051 Haney Plaza 285 Prideaux Street 415 Kootenay Street 628 Carnarvon Street 300 Eckhardt Avenue East 2266 Wilson Street 5871 Arbutus Avenue c/o Terrace M.H.C. 1461 - 6th Avenue North 4514 West Saanich Road 14275 - 56th Avenue 4554 Lazelle Avenue 1325 McQuarrie Street 3300 - 37th Avenue 2328 Trent Street 13674 Grosvenor Road  434-4247 795-5706 334-3141 426-3361 748-1113 785-4525 372-5212 762-2704 467-4147 754-4441 352-2211 526-1601 492-6116 941-3471 483-3302  -  563-1631 479-1602 594-0441 635-6163 368-3351 545-0651 382-6111 588-6961  RIVERVIEW HOSPITAL This is an active and continued treatment hospital for a l l forms of mental disorder requiring institutional care and treatment. Procedure for Admission Crease unit is the admission and active treatment f a c i l i t y for patients from the Great Vancouver area. Centre Lawn unit is an admission and active treatment f a c i l i t y for male and female patients coming from any where in the province except the Greater Vancouver area. All new patients from provincial health unit areas are admitted to Centre Lawn.  148. All admissions to Riverview Hospital, other than those referred under special sections of the Criminal Code of Canada by Order-inCouncil or Magistrate's Warrant, are governed by the provisions of the Mental Health Act, 1964 which may be consulted for detailed information. Admissions may be on one of the following basis: 1.  Informal Admission Suitable for patients who are well motivated and accepting of hospitalizationand are capable of understanding their need for in-patient care and treatment. Mo specific form is required but i t is necessary that the referring p-ysician contact the Admitting Officer (Riverview Hospital) by telephone or letter outlining his reasons for recommending admission and to indicate that he has, in fact, "examined the patient and is of the opinion that he is mentally disordered." In many areas served by provincial health units informal admissions are now made to psychiatric units in the general hospital serving the community.  2.  Involuntary Admissions For all patients not suitable for "informal admission" this requires: (a)  A written application for admission (Form # M.H.A. 64/68/1) which should be completed and signed by a near relative or a peace officer or any person who has knowledge of the circumstances and has reason to believe that the person is mentally disordered.  (b)  Medical certificates (Form # M.H.A. 64/68/2) completed by two physicians not in partnership and not near relatives of the patient. Both the application and medical certificates must bear dates within fourteen days of admission to hospital. These forms are available in the local mental Health Centre and questions concernihg admission of patients should be referred to the Mental Health Centre. In certain emergency situations a patient may be admitted for a temporary period of time on one medical certificate.  149.  B.  VALLEYVIEW HOSPITAL-DELLVIEW HOSPITAL-SKEENAVIEW HOSPITAL These hospitals comprise the Geriatric Division of the Mental Health Branch. They provide treatment and care for persons over 70 years of age who suffer from a mental disorder arising from the aging process and whose behaviour is such that they cannot be adequately cared for elsewhere in the community. Procedure for Admission Valleyview Hospita, Essondale:Requests for admission are made by telephone or letter to the Superintendent's office by the person's physician or other person acting on his behalf. Following this request in the Lower Mainland area, all persons west of Langley will be seen and assessed as to suitability or priority for admission. The physician will be given a report on the assessment and i f the person is accepted for admission and a bed is not available his name will be placed on a waiting l i s t and admitted as a bed becomes available. The procedure for persons outside the Lower Mainland is the same but the person will not be seen for assessment. Dell view Hospital, Vernon:For persons in the Okanagan, Kootenay areas the physician will call or write the supervisor of the hospital giving details of the person's illness and requesting admission. The supervisor will arrange admission as beds are avavilable. Skeenaview Hospital, Terrace:For male patients only in the northwestern area, the procedure for admission is the same as for Dellview Hospital. 1.  Informal Admissions must be recommended by a physician and the person must be willing and able to sign an application and consent form.  2.  Involuntary Admission the same procedure is followed as for involuntary admission of patients to Riverview Hospital.  150. C.  THE WOODLANDS SCHOOL This is a hospital-school which provides: (a) (b) (c)  Long term hospitalization for the severely retarded, with or without physical handicap. Inpatient training and habilitation facilities for the moderately retarded with or without physical handicap and/or mental disorder. Inpatient educational f a c i l i t i e s for the mildly retarded with severe physical handicap and/or mental disorder.  There are three units: (a) (b) (c)  The Hospital Unit which admits physically and mentally handicapped. The Psychiatric Unit which treats those children whose mental retardation is accompanied by emotional or behaviour disorder. One example is the autistic child. The Training Unit - this unit provides education and/or training to the level of the individual's a b i l i t y .  Procedure for Admission When a request for admission is being considered, the individual and family concerned should f i r s t be discussed with the local mental health centre staff to ensure that they know the situation and concur with the decision to request admission. 1.  Informal Admissions - This is the usual type of admission. When the decision to request admission has been reached in consultation with the Mental Health Centre, the worker involved should write to the Medical Superintendent enclosing a completed P.H. 48 - Rating Form for Woodlands School which is a guide in establishing priority. Individuals are admitted to the unit most suited to their need. There are waiting lists for all units and applicants are admitted on the basis of priority and the occurrence of a vacancy on the appropriate unit. There is no age limit or restriction re degree of retardation. Parents will be contacted by the Woodlands School and requested to complete the following: a)  Report of personal habits and training of patient at time of admission.  b)  Three copies of a "questionnaire" form dealing with diagnosis, and wishes of the parent for admission, etc. One copy of this questionnaire is retained by Woodlands. One copy goes to Registry for Handicapped Children and and Adults. One copy is returned to health unit for information only.  151.  At the time of admission the parents will be requested to sign Authorization for Diagnostic and Treatment Services and a permission form which is prepared by The Woodlands School. The health unit will be requested to complete a Social Information Form (M.H.S. 241) as well as the P.H. 48. When the Medical Superintendent receives an application for admission of a patient for whom there is not rating form on f i l e , a letter is sent to the parents with a copy to the private physician stating that the local health unit may have additional social and other health information which will help assess the urgency of the admission, and that the application will be discussed with the health unit unless word is received to the contrary. Followinga two week wait, the health unit director is advised of the application, and a request is made to him for social or other information (with copy to local Social Welfare Office). A P.H. 48 - Rating Form for Woodlands School and Social Information form will be requested by Woodlands to be completed by the appropriate agency. 2.  Involuntary Admission This may occur when the individual is considered a danger to others and an emergency admission is required. The same forms are required as for an involuntary admission to Riverview.  3.  Thirty Day Admission A thirty day admission may be for the purpose of offering a mother some relief from the care of the retarded child arid to permit a family vacation, or a complete assessment of the child. Ideally both purposes are served, but not all thirty day admissions receive a full assessment. Most thirty day admissions occur during July and August, when some children from the training unit are home on holiday. A special application form (M.H.A. 64/4 - yellow) should be completed by relatives. Priorities for Admission' Priorities for admission are established to a large extent from the information provided on the P.H. 48 - Rating Form for Woodlands School. Instructions for completing this form are in Volume II of the Policy Manual. It is very important that a brief explanation be given for every rating other than "0". Frequently a child cannot be admitted at the first request or when the f i r s t rating form is submitted. When admission is urgent the P.H. 48 should be reviewed and revised as necessary to keep The Woodlands School informed of changing priorities.  152.  Pre-admission Stool Specimen A stool specimen must be submitted to the Division of Laboratories shortly before the admission of any child to the school. If a negative stool specimen report is not received by the school prior to the arrival of the child he will be detained in the isolation ward until the report arrives. The Woodlands School will instruct parents to obtain a specimen container from the health unit and will provide the parents with a special requisition form stamped "Woodlands School Preadmission Stool Specimen." The Health Unit should make sure that the regular requisition form is removed from the stool specimen container before,the container is given to the parents, and that the special requisition is properly completed, and placed in the container. The laboratory report is sent directly to The Woodlands School. Outpatient Department This department provides complete assessment for the retarded child and adult also guidance to parents and consultation for other professional workers regarding the management of the child or adult in the home and community. There are three assessment teams which correspond with the units to which the child or adult would be admitted i f and when admission is considered. Each of these have outpatient clinic days as follows: Hospital unit Psychiatric unit Training unit  - Monday - Tuesday - Thursday  Requests for appointments at Outpatients should be made to Superintendent, The Woodlands School Attention - Coordinator Medical Health Services, Outpatient Department These requests should be made in writing - telephone requests are not accepted unless followed by a latter. Sufficient information concerning the case should be provided to enable the Outpatient staff to determine in which of the three clinics the individual should be assessed. There may be up to six months wait for the appointment date depending upon how heavily booked the appropriate clinic is.  153.  P.H.48 rating form is not required unless admission is being requested. Assessment at Outpatients usually takes one day. In the morning (3-4 hours) the patient and parents are seen by the various team members; at 1:00 p.m. a conference of the team is held to discuss the assessment and recommendations; after this parents are given a verbal report on the assessment and recommendations. Cost for Residential Care - The charge for maintenance is $1.00 per day up to the age of 16 years and $1.50 per day for those patients 16 years and over. The parents are also requested to supply clothing. The family's circumstances are taken into consideration. Questions concerning maintenance should be directed to the Collector of Institutional Revenues, 635 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. Note:  - The final decision regarding admission rests with the Superintendent of The Woodlands School. All applications whether they emanate from a parent, relative, or agency should be forwarded to the Superintendent. Likewise all correspondence concerning admissions should be directed to the Superintendent.  154.  July 1977 APPENDIX 4  ADMISSION  CRITERIA  INPATIENT  FOR  UNITS  An inpatient admission should occur only when 24 hour nursing supervision in a controlled, medically managed setting is required for: 1.  a definitive diagnosis and the initiation of a treatment plan that require a range of diagnostic and treatment services available only in an acute f a c i l i t y .  2.  deficit of judgment, inability to communicate, or behaviour that may result in self damage; is associated with a highly stressful situation; or that seriously contravenes social norms.  3.  an overt attempt or threat of suicidal or homicidal behaviour.  Departure from these criteria should occur only when alternative, more appropriate care services are not available.  155.  APPENDIX 5  CODE  OF  MENTAL  ETHICS-COMMUN7ITY HEALTH  PROGRAMS  The proposed would apply to all staff (professional and c l e r i c a l ) , students and volunteers of Community Mental Health Programs.  Affirmation of Human Dignity All Mental Health personnel, including students and volunteers, are committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of theindividua! human being.  Client's Acceptance of Services The client is informed of any important aspect of the potential or existing therapeutic relationship that might affect the client's decision to enter or continue treatment. Specifically: A.  The client shall be made aware, as early as possible, of the treatment contemplated, the anticipated outcomes and possible concomitant reactions and consequences, an financial responsibilities.  B.  The client has the right to know i f he is being treated by an experimental procedure, and is given the opportunity to consent.  C.  The client shall be informed of those limits to confidentiality which in the opinion of the therapist may affect the client's decision to continue or limit the relationshi p.  D.  Where clients are considered incapable of evaluating their situation, i t is advisable that persons deemed responsible for the client be informed of the above circumstances.  156.  Confidential ity The primary obligation of all staff members is to safeguard the pri vacy of clients. A.  No information about a client will be communicated to any other person or agency outside the mental health system, unless the following conditions have been met. 1.  A signed release of information has been obtained from the client for the purpose of necessary information transfer; or when  2.  Discussions and reports are limited only to those individuals known to have a clear professional mental health involvement with the client's case and need the information for relevant therapeutic purposes.  B.  Unless client consent has been given, client information can be used in clinical discussions and instructional efforts outside the mental health system only when the identity of the individual has been disguised.  C.  Confidentiality may be violated only when an immediate danger exists to the client and/or others.  D.  Therapeutically irrelevant data and value judgements are not appropriate in clinical records.  Moral and Legal Expectations A Mental Health staff member:should show regard in personal conduct for the social codes and moral expectations of the community.  Therapist - Client Relationships A.  The therapist should have a personal concern for clients, but will always maintain professional and objective personal conduct between himself and the client and the client's significant others.  157.  B.  The therapeutic relationship should never include behaviours on the part of the therapist which would be abusive or damaging to the client.  C.  The therapist will recognize his professional limitations and, when indicated, recommend to the patient that additional or alternate opinions and services be obtained.  D.  Every effort must be made to discourage the development of personal obligations or acceptance of favours or gifts during the therapeutic relationship.  E.  When there is a conflict among professional workers, the welfare of the client must take precedence.  F.  The professional attempts to terminate or transfer a clinical relationship when i t is reasonably clear that the client will not benefit from the existing relationship.  G.  Care must be taken to insure an appropriate setting for clinical work to protect both client and therapist.  H.  A therapist having pre-existing social ties or relationships with a person seeking service should carefully evaluate his capability to effectively treat the client, and discuss i t with his supervisor prior to accepting res ponsibility.  I.  Staff members take responsibility for the continuity of clients' care in the treatment, referral or follow-up process.  Relations with Colleagues Respect for the rights and privacy of colleagues is maintained, specifically: 1.  A client within the Mental Health Programs shall not be offered or given treatment without the knowledge and consent of his therapist, except in emergency situations.  2.  Criticism of a colleague's services or procedures should only be directed to the colleague or through appropriate Mental Health Programs channels.  158.  Individual Competence The maintenance of professional standards of competence and quality of services is the responsibility of all Mental Health personnel. The following statements related to professionals apply to all Mental Health program staff, volunteers and students. A.  A mental health professional will offer services and use techniques that are generally acceptable, in terms of effectiveness and procedures, to professional judgement and to the community. Controversial issues shall be discussed with supervisory staff and meet with supervisory approval.  B.  Each individual will be responsible for recognizing the limitations of his competence and will only provide services and use procedures in which he is technically competent.  C.  Each person will continue his education to improve his standard of care.  D.  Each professional should seek peer or supervisory advice for problematic issues of client management.  E.  The professional avoids misrepresentation of his own professional qualifications, affiliations, and purposes, and those of the colleagues, institutions and organizations with which he is associated.  F.  Modesty, scientific caution, and due regard for the limits of present knowledge characterize all statements to the public, either directly or indirectly.  6.IX.78  159.  APPENDIX 6  MANDATE  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  PROGRAMS  Philosophy Mental Health Programs is committed to the concept of communitybased services. The care of individuals within their own environmental situation and, whenever possible, within their own families, is considered preferable to hospitalization. Intervention at the early stages of the development of problems, and the mobilization and co-ordination of resources are accomplished more readily from a community-based service. The objective of community care is to provide the appropriate intensity of service within the context of the environment at the earliest possible point of intervention, reserving more extensive modes of care as back-up resources to be used i f required.  Responsibilities Services are available to any citizen and resident of British Columbia for any type of mental health problem and for any level of disturbance ranging from relatively mild l i f e stress reactions through to relatively severe acute personality disorganization. In the provision of services regard is given to the services provided by other community agencies to avoid competing or overlapping services. The responsibilities of Mental Health Programs include the provision of mental health services to adults, children and family units experiencing social, emotional, behavoural or mental distress in the community. Each mental health centre is also responsible for providing a consultation and support service to other community agencies. Similarly, the mental health centre provides education, information and other preventative services to the general community, and otherwise acts as an advocate of mental health in communities.  160.  In general, the more acutely disturbed individuals in the community, regardless of age, sex or problem type, and individuals with a history of recurrent episodes of debilitating emotional states are important concerns.  Programs and Objectives Crisis intervention, emergency treatment and consultation are available to all members of the community on a 24-hour basis. Existing staffing levels may, however, affect any one centre's ability to provide these services. There are ten core service programs which must be available at all mental health centres. These ten programs and their objectives are: Assessment and Diagnosis Program - objectives are to aid in the development of a treatment plan for clients, and to provide a specialized support service to community agencies; Community Education Program - objectives are to help individuals d-al with problems of l i f e and to prevent problems of relatively low intensity from developing into disabling proportions; Community Support Program - objectives are to help individuals with problems of l i f e to work together and help each other deal with their situation, to prevent these problems from becoming disabling, and to work with the community agencies to develop new resources to meet identified community needs; Consultation Program - objectives are to support other community resources in providing services by discussion of data supplied by the personnel of those community resources, and to increase the skill level of other professionals and nonprofessionals in dealing with mental health problems; Counselling Program - objectives are improved functioning on the part of individual clients or families and avoidance of further personality disorganization which would require more intensive services; Group Therapy Program - objective is improved functioning on the part of individual clients or families, improvement in personal relationships and improvement in personal comfort; Individual Therapy Program objective is improved functioning on the part of individual clients or families, togehter with improvement in self understanding and personal comfort; Rehabilitation Program - objectives are to provide an environment designed to help clients to reach and maintain their optimal level of functioning; to prevent admission or readmission to in-patient f a c i l i t i e s , to re-integrate clients into the community. Priorities Because of lack of resources, however, the mental helath centre staff may have to assign priorities to each request for service. On a broader basis, program priorities are based on assessed needs within communities, and set for each catchment area in discussion with the Ministry. D. Fernandez, Ph.D. 22/3/78  


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