ERIC Number: ED252805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Community Mental Health Centers and Insurance Reimbursements.
Nissim-Sabat, Denis; And Others
The economic solvency of Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) is a problem that needs immediate attention. In order to study the shift in funding sources for the 40 Community Services Boards (CSBs) which administer the 114 CMHCs in Virginia, the funding sources of CMHCs, and the fee collections of the CSBs, were examined. Data revealed that since 1980, state funds, fee collections, and local funds have increased, while federal funds have been significantly cut back. To further examine fee collections (direct client, private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare), to determine shifts in these funding sources over time, the 40 CSBs were divided into low, middle, and high groups according to the socioeconomic status of the population served by each. The data clearly indicated a significant increase in insurance reimbursements, a decrease in Medicaid collections, and a general stability for direct client and Medicare collections. The results fail to replicate the National Institute of Mental Health data reported in 1980. The increase in insurance reimbursements coupled with decreases in Medicaid has significant implications for the delivery of services in CMHCs. (BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Community Mental Health Centers; Medicaid; Medicare; Third Party Payments; Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).