Drop In Center Case Study

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Conclusion Opening a drop-in center in Saratoga County, especially in Saratoga Springs would not be an easy project to bring to fruition. The fact that the previous drop-in center was shut down will be a hindrance opponents will use to try to block the project. The “not in my backyard” mentality—a pejorative characterization of opposition by residents to a proposal for a new development—that is often directed towards programs for the mentally ill due to the stigmatization surrounding mental illness will be another roadblock to overcome. This is evidenced by the community protests that occurred when Mental Health Center was moved to its current location on Broadway. Yet, at the same time the success of the advocates who fought to make the move successful should encourage advocates that there is hope. Obtaining funding, especially with state funds being diverted from programs such as these, is a huge hurtle that could discourage advocates and SPMI individuals from even exploring the possibility of developing a drop-in center.…show more content…
However, this problem of SPMI individual not having anyplace to go during the day due to changes in or the closing of mental health programs may also be indicative of deeper wider spread social issues. Thus, opening a drop-in center may be viewed as a “band-aid” solution to a much deeper problem which in itself could cause resistance to the development of such a program. Yet, at the same time, the use of social mobilization tactics and social production approaches may also inspire great advocacy to tackle those deeper social
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