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Environmental scan 2000: issues facing state mental health agencies.

Author: Mazade, N.A; Glover, R.W; Hutchings, G.P.
Author Background:
Date 3/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Volume/Pages 27(4): 167-181
Subject Matter Administration-Management; Mental-health-agencies; Administration-; Managed-care; Medicaid-; Welfare-reform
Abstract With the new millennium, state mental health agencies (SMHAs) are facing a variety of new issues. This article reports on changes in state mental health systems that have occurred during the 2 years between interviews conducted with directors of each SMHA. Although issues such as managed care, the influence of state Medicaid waivers on the development of public/private partnerships, and federal welfare reform continued to be key concerns, directors are focusing more on other issues such as assessing SMHA operations, establishing linkages with other state health and human service agencies, and inculcating new knowledge, technologies, and model practices. (Journal abstract.)