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Managed behavioral healthcare in the public sector.

Author: Croze, C.
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Date 9/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Volume/Pages 28(1): 23-36
Subject Matter Administration-Management; Managed-care; Public-agencies
Abstract For over 10 years states and counties have been adding commercially developed managed care products to community-based systems of care. These programs have dramatically altered the landscape in many public systems across the country. Results have varied from modest success to major failure with some managed behavioral healthcare organizations no longer viewing public contracts as desirable commodities. This article examines the reasons public purchasers turn to managed care, the basis for a program's success or failure, and the impact of some successful programs on access and service array. (This is one of four articles in a special issue on managed behavioral healthcare.). (Journal abstract.)