Frenk, Steven M. (2014). Beyond Clergy: Congregations’ Sponsorship of Social Services for People with Mental Disorders. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41(2)
This study examines U.S. congregations’ sponsorship of social services for people with mental disorders using data from a nationally representative sample of congregations. The analysis finds that 8.0% of congregations sponsor social services for people with mental disorders, and that congregations’ religious tradition influences the likelihood that they sponsor them. Most of the services assist people with substance use disorders. Coupled with findings from previous studies, we conclude that most of the support and care people with mental disorders receive from congregations comes from clergy rather than formal social services. Organizations interested in partnering with congregations to provide social services for people with mental disorders should take note of the findings about the programs already underway and their patterning in order to accurately pinpoint nexuses of congregational receptivity.
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Frenk, Steven M.