ERIC Number: ED044711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-4
Reference Count: 0
The Application of Operations Research in Mental Health Systems.
Wallhaus, Robert A.
Operations research is defined as the application of scientific or quantitative methods to problems involving the operations of a system, which are directed toward obtaining optimal solutions. The goal, as applied to mental health systems, is the establishment of a "best" improvement path which can be implemented with minimum uncertainty. The uncertainty can be minimized by utilizing a model, a representation, of the system which can be manipulated, torn apart, reconstructed, all without risk to the real system. The concepts involved in this "model" approach are viewed as the basis for solving a wide range of problems encountered in designing a community mental health system. Three examples are given: (1) the development of an expansion path for community services, which concerns the effective distribution of resources; (2) a network analysis which focuses on how many separate cycles a client goes through at an agency, their duration and resultantly, the incumbent demand for a comprehensive information system; and (3) an agency clustering/problem clustering model which focuses on clients' problem and condition sequences, and the implications for more efficient and orderly service delivery. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.; Illinois Univ., Champaign.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970