Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 371–384

Neglected organization and management issues in mental health systems development

  • James R. Greenley

DOI: 10.1007/BF00761056

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Greenley, J.R. Community Ment Health J (1992) 28: 371. doi:10.1007/BF00761056


Fragmented and often uncoordinated public services for the more severely mentally ill are often characteristic of the current U.S. mental health system. The creation of local mental health authorities has been promoted as part of a solution, as has happened in Wisconsin at the county level and is championed in the ongoing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded innovative service sites for severely mentally ill adults. There are indications that these innovative mental health authorities will fall short of fulfilling their promise. Basic principles from the management and organizations literature are used to identify several organization and management issues that may have been neglected. These include resource management, attention to system goals, monitoring and feedback, and the promotion of desirable interorganizational cultures.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Greenley
    • 1
  1. 1.Mental Health Research CenterUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison