Access and Utilization of New Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications. Special Population Guidelines

01/01/2000

The New York State department of Corrections currently administers treatment algorithms and guidelines for the treatment of mental illness. The primary goals of these programs are to provide the highest level of care combined with some level choice to individuals with mental illness.

The Navaho region of the IHS reports no formal guidelines for the treatment of depression or schizophrenia. The principal goal of the treatment strategy within the IHS is symptomatic relief. The Service believes that its primary obstacle to providing effective treatment of mental illnesses within Native American populations is a resistance to "Anglo" medicine a priori. Therefore, the IHS often partners with traditional Medicine Men or seeks to portray itself as an alternative to these.