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.
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.