Administration in mental health

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 138–148

Perceptions and effectiveness in state mental health systems

  • Authors
  • Jeanette M. Jerrell
  • S. Lee Jerrell

DOI: 10.1007/BF00819226

Cite this article as:
Jerrell, J.M. & Jerrell, S.L. Administration in Mental Health (1985) 13: 138. doi:10.1007/BF00819226


Differences in the perceptions of state and local officials about mental health systems create obstacles to effective functioning. Data from 25 states were analyzed to identify these differences as well as the mechanisms being used to reconcile them. Outcomes from an intervention within one state are presented along with guidelines for reducing the dysfunctional effects of level-specific perceptions.

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© Human Sciences Press 1985