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Public policy issuesMental health care issues in America: An encyclopedia (2013)
AbstractAs a public policy issue, mental illness has tremendous impact. It affects individuals, families, and communities; it has short- and long-term direct and indirect economic costs to society, families, and individuals; and it is a factor in a number of social issues, such as homelessness, violence and abuse, and human welfare. Since mental health problems present a formidable challenge for health and mental health delivery systems, persons with severe and chronic mental illnesses pose unique challenges in public and mental health policymaking. Time and fiscal limitations of private health insurance and support services force persons with severe and chronic mental illnesses to rely heavily on public health and mental health resources. Further, as the public sector continues to privatize mental health care, a unique combination of issues emerge, including tiers of services, organizational performance, community and consumer input, treatment based upon evidence-based practice and the appropriateness of services, and coordinated planning and services delivery.
Citation InformationHanson, A., & Levin, B. L. (2013). Public policy issues. In M. Shally-Jensen (Ed.), Mental health care issues in America: An encyclopedia (pp. 652-660). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.