The Evolving Behavioral Health System

The Public Sector : Past, Present, and Future

Published in: Textbook of Administrative Psychiatry: New Concepts For a Changing Behavioral Health System. 2nd Edition / J.A. Talbott, and R.E. Hales, Eds. (Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2001), p. 17-25

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Lisa Dixon, M. Susan Ridgely, Howard H. Goldman

The role of the public sector in organizing, financing, and delivering alcohol, drug, and mental health services is changing dramatically. This chapter reviews key aspects of the past and present role of the public sector in providing care for persons with mental illness, focusing primarily on the funding and delivery of services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, with some discussion of addiction services. The chapter also discusses important questions for the future.

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