Voluntary mental health agencies are supported by private contributions rather than governmental funds, and their primary contribution to the social welfare field is in the development of new models of training, research, and leadership. The author notes that social welfare is understaffed in most cities, and the growth of this field is very important. This, combined with the government's increasing interest in funding mental health facilities, is likely to result in more government-sponsored institutions. In this milieu, voluntary agencies could either be folded into the government model (losing much of their innovative edge) or will remain external to the rest of the field. More likely, voluntary agencies will accept some government funding and will continue to evolve their private-public interactions in the years ahead.
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Alt, Herschel. The Future Role of the Voluntary Mental Health Agency. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1964: