Racial differences in the utilization of public mental health services in Washington State
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This study analyzed racial differences in the use of public outpatient mental health services in four regions of Washington State. Patients in this study were enrolled in the state's mental health management information system, which contains detailed information about patient characteristics and service utilization. There were distinct racial differences with respect to baseline characteristics, and even after adjusting for these characteristics and region of the state as well, racial differences in the type and amount of services used persisted. In particular, African-Americans were more likely to use crisis services and were less likely to use individual or group treatment. This previously reported finding requires further exploration.
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Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
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- 1. Department of Medicine, University of Washington, USA
- 3. SmithKline Beecham in Collegeville, PA
- 2. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, 3937 15th Ave., NE, 98105, Seattle, WA
- 4. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, USA
- 5. Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, USA