Mental Health

Health care reform efforts in the United States seek to ensure appropriate access to mental health care, to deliver it efficiently and effectively, and to allocate scarce resources wisely. RAND Health Care studies the effect of these reforms, different programs for preventing and treating mental illnesses, and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices.

  • Evaluating Savings Associated with LA County's Mental Health Programs

    Los Angeles County used Mental Health Services Act funds to expand access to Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs. FSP programs, for individuals with serious mental illness, use a team approach to provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support. In addition to nonfinancial benefits, these investments resulted in decreases in spending on criminal justice detention and behavioral health services.

  • Prevention Outcomes Monitoring Training Webinar

    This webinar provides training guidance for data collectors and data entry personnel using these surveys to evaluate prevention program outcomes in compliance with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission regulations for all Mental Health Services Act prevention programs.

  • Measuring Mental Health Program Outcomes

    RAND researchers developed a tool to help the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health comply with reporting regulations for outcomes for prevention mental health programs.

  • Keeping Young Adults Insured Means More Mental Health Care

    Lack of insurance has been a barrier to mental health treatment for young adults. The ACA's Dependent Care Expansion, which allows them to stay on their parents' policies until age 26, has increased use of mental health care among this high need group—without affecting quality of care or disparities in access.

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