Strengthening social networks: Intervention strategies for mental health case managers

David E. Biegel, Elizabeth M. Tracy, Kenneth N. Corvo

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The enhancement of social support networks for people with chronic mental illness is an important thrust of case management services. However, despite the worthy intentions of the National Institute of Mental Health Community Support Program, the development of comprehensive, community-based social support systems for people with chronic mental illness remains an elusive goal. Case managers face many obstacles in their efforts to enhance the natural support systems of their clients, and they need specific training in social network interventions with individuals with mental illness to overcome these obstacles. This article presents a conceptual framework of social network interventions and discusses obstacles to enhancing natural support systems. The need for community resource development, especially in the building of community ties, is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-216
Number of pages11
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Case Management
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Community Organization
  • Social Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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