Employee Health in the Mental Health Workplace: Clinical, Administrative, and Organizational Perspectives.

TitleEmployee Health in the Mental Health Workplace: Clinical, Administrative, and Organizational Perspectives.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsShah JL, Kapoor R, Cole R, Steiner JL
JournalJ Behav Health Serv Res
Date Published2014 Aug 5
ISSN1556-3308
Abstract

Issues of mental health and employee health have risen to increasing prominence in recent years. However, there have been few explorations of the clinical and administrative challenges that these issues raise, particularly in settings that are themselves mental health workplaces. In order to identify and understand such challenges, a brief case of acute employee illness in a mental health workplace is described followed by a discussion of salient clinical, administrative, and organizational considerations. The case raises questions about medicolegal responsibilities and relationships between clinicians and patients in mental health settings, illuminates tensions between clinical staff and human resources processes, and draws attention to the need for illness prevention and mental health promotion initiatives in the workplace. Increased awareness of these issues, complications, and potential solutions would benefit clinicians, administrators, and mental health institutions.

DOI10.1007/s11414-014-9428-5
Alternate JournalJ Behav Health Serv Res
PubMed ID25091269