ERIC Number: ED307542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Health Financing and Programming: A Legislator's Guide.
Craig, Rebecca Tarkington; Wright, Barbara
This book provides state legislators with the background information they need to make important mental health policy decisions. The executive summary describes the success of deinstitutionalization in releasing large numbers of patients from state mental hospitals, but notes that the needs of persons with mental illness in the community have not been adequately met. It considers state legislative leadership to be particularly important in shaping the mental health system in each state and in meeting the needs of these deinstitutionalized persons. The book is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter provides an overview of the the situation, looking at the role legislators play in mental health, who the mentally ill are and what mental illness is, where the mentally ill are and what services they need, treatment of the mentally ill historically and today, and major issues confronting mental health policymakers. Chapter 2 examines mental health care and treatment and chapter 3 examines mental health service organization and delivery. Chapter 4 discusses the evaluation of mental health programs; chapter 5 focuses on financing mental health care with federal funds; and chapter 6 addresses the financing of mental health care with state, local, and private funds. The final chapter presents future challenges in the field of mental health that state policymakers will face. Creative state approaches are offered throughout the book as strategies to address treatment, delivery, and financing concerns. A list of mental health information sources, a glossary, a list of acronyms used in the book, and a bibliography are included. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.