ERIC Number: ED404782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Your Family and Managed Care: A Guide for Families of Children with Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC.
Designed for parents of children with mental, emotional, or behavior disorders, this booklet provides information on accessing mental health services through health maintenance organizations. The first part of the guide provides information on how managed care can improve children's access to behavioral health services through expanded service options, earlier identification and treatment, efficient coordination of services, service compatibility with a family's culture and values, and family involvement in decisions about care. The guide also discusses how managed care controls costs and provides tips on how families can make managed care work for their child. Goals are presented for managed care for families of children with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. A final section deals with what families should watch out for, such as limits on needed services, reduced quality of care, and exclusion of families from service planning and decision-making. A checklist is provided to evaluate whether a managed care plan operates in a family-friendly manner. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Behavior Disorders, Children, Emotional Disturbances, Family Involvement, Health Care Costs, Health Insurance, Health Maintenance Organizations, Health Services, Mental Health Programs, Program Evaluation
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1101 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 1212, Washington, DC 20005-5002; telephone: 202-467-5730; TDD: 202-467-4232; fax: 202-223-0409; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ($9.95 plus $4 postage and handling; quantity discount available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For a family advocate's guide, see EC 305 267.