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community

 [kŏ-mu´nĭ-te]
a group of persons residing together in face-to-face association; a group of persons with whom an individual identifies as a source of identity and potential support.
continuing care community life care community.
life care community a living arrangement for older adults that provides several levels of care within one facility or complex. As the resident requires more health supervision, he or she moves from areas that are more independent to those where care is provided under the supervision of a registered nurse. Life care communities usually require an entry fee as well as a monthly fee. Called also continuing care community.
therapeutic community a specially structured mental treatment center, employing group and milieu therapy and encouraging the patient to function within social norms.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ther·a·peu·tic com·mu·ni·ty

a specially structured mental hospital or community health center that provides an effective environment for behavioral changes in patients through resocialization and rehabilitation.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

therapeutic community

Addiction disorders A structured treatment environment with emphasis on group process, often with former addicts on staff. See Halfway house.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ther·a·peu·tic com·mu·ni·ty

(thāră-pyūtik kŏ-myūni-tē)
Specially structured mental hospital or community health center that provides an effective environment for behavioral changes in patients through resocialization and rehabilitation.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

therapeutic community

A small local population of people of strong antisocial tendency, set up under the supervision of medical staff but in a non-clinical environment, to try to treat personality disorder. The object is to demonstrate the effects of such behaviour and to try to instil constructive patterns of conduct and improve social and interpersonal skills. Results have been promising.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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In separate studies, data from 59 member organizations of Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA) and 19 self-identified TCs that participated in the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcomes Study (DATOS) demonstrated the utility of the SEEQ in describing the core characteristics of TCs (Melnick et al.
With more than 500 inmates in the various phases, the About Face Program has become one of the largest jail-based therapeutic communities in the country.
Therapeutic communities, by their very nature, exemplify the process of thinking outside the box.
According to Douglas Lipton, an outcome study of prison-based treatment compared and contrasted four different therapeutic communities nationwide.
In 1973, she was promoted to director of therapeutic communities. As such, she designed and opened the system's first addiction treatment program.
Prison-Based Therapeutic Communities: Their Success with Drug Abusing Offenders.
In Community as method: Modified therapeutic communities for special populations, ed., G.

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