From the January 1972 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Aftercare Program

As soon as a patient enters, the alcoholism treatment unit of Topeka (Kans.) State Hospital, plans are made, for his eventual return to the community. Under an innovative followup and aftercare program, the alcoholism counselor builds a supportive team in the community, depending on the patient's own needs, so that when he is discharged, his rehabilitation will continue.

In this arrangement, described by William S. Simpson, MD, clinical director of the hospital, and Phillip W. Webber, A. B., formerly its alcoholism-unit director and now coordinator of Shawnee Community Alcoholism Service, each counselor serves one geographical section of the county. One day each week, he makes a field trip to that section, accompanying discharged patients to their homes and following up on previously discharged patients. He also works with local agencies, such as mental-health centers, welfare agencies, and probation and police-departments.

-- Hospital and Community Psychiatry

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