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Quality of Care and Cost-Containment in Managed Mental Health: Policy, Education, Research, Advocacy

Citation

Dana, Richard H.; Conner, Michael G.; & Allen, James (1996). Quality of Care and Cost-Containment in Managed Mental Health: Policy, Education, Research, Advocacy. Psychological Reports, 79(3, Part 2), 1395-423.

Abstract

Managed mental health care cost-containment practices of risk-benefit analysis, provider usage, manipulation of supply and demand, gate keeping, medical necessity, and formulation have adversely affected quality of care. Improved mental health services are dependent upon redefining mental health problems and understanding inequities created by medicalization as means to limit access to services. This dilemma can be addressed by development of mental health policy, public education, and political advocacy. An immediate role for professional psychology is found in the creation of a research agenda that documents empirically supported interventions for specific mental health problems, mechanisms of effective and acceptable service-delivery, and identification of providers with demonstrated clinical skills, including cultural competencies.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2466/pr0.1996.79.3f.1395

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Psychological Reports

Author(s)

Dana, Richard H.
Conner, Michael G.
Allen, James

Year Published

1996

Volume Number

79

Issue Number

3, Part 2

Pages

1395-423

Reference ID

932