Although the present research aims at facilities for severe mental illness in the Houston area, we find it relevant to get an overview of some of the best practices in mental health throughout the United States. It provides a reference of what good facilities have to offer and what can be achieved in this field.
To build our list of excellent services over the Country, we considered two primary sources. The first is the list of referrals provided by the mental health facilities in the Houston area assessed for the research. On the questionnaires handed to their representatives, we asked about best practices nationwide.
The second is the U.S. News & World Report directory of best Psychiatric hospitals. The company is a web-based media business that publishes annual rankings and analysis, being especially known for its “Best Colleges” and “Best Hospitals” lists. The hospitals ranked in the ten first places of the current directory are “… recommended by at least 5% of the psychiatric specialists …show more content…
This strategy goes beyond the purpose of the present research, since building a measure for such diverse parts, so different in nature, tends to distort the reality. Besides, it is not always easy to determine what should be a good result in mental health, because there is considerable controversy about the most adequate treatments for each infirmity.
The U.S. News & World Report’s list of best Psychiatric hospitals will be used here as a first resource of recognized mental health care facilities, along with the referrals made by the facilities assessed for our study. It is not our intention to use any of them as a ranking or to follow a specific order. Therefore, the facilities included will be presented in alphabetical