Why Work Jointly With Community Mental Health & Addiction Services?  

The needs of students struggling with mental health and addiction issues on campus have significantly increased in the past decade.  On-campus mental health care resources are often stretched to the limit.  It only makes sense to utilize resources both on and off campus.  Getting to know community resources and joining collaboratively with them in addressing the mental health and addiction needs of students can make the path and journey run smoother for everyone.  The environment is changing as can be seen by the following trends which just strengthens the case for collaboration.

  • Services have dramatically shifted in the past decade from hospital to community
  • Policy development moving into encouragement of and direction toward collaboration/ partnerships/merging of resources.
  • Competition is being replace by cooperation.
  • Complexity of care increasing calling for multiple responses for possible problem solution
  • Quality of Life, especially focusing on wellness factors, are emerging as key issues of concern
  • Fragmentation of services and funding have resulted in organizations expected to find better ways of serving client populations with resources they currently have
  • Traditional funding is shrinking; to attract funding, we need do things better, more efficiently and join together to create innovative approaches
  • Collaborations reduce duplication of cost and effort
  • Beginning to see the emergence of contracting historically public functions to private sources with the result of reducing affordable or no cost service
  • A clearer understanding of youth development and the factors that dramatically increase the likelihood of successful growth to adulthood is evolving…”takes a whole village to educate/raise a child”


(n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2016, from the Chandler Center for Community Leadership