Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 191–201

Administrative Barriers to the Adoption of High-Quality Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care: A National Study

Authors

    • George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Department of PsychiatryWashington University in St. Louis
  • Moira Inkelas
    • UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities; Department of Health ServicesUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  • Todd Franke
    • UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities; Department of Social WelfareUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  • Neal Halfon
    • UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Public Policy; Department of Health ServicesUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-006-0095-6

Cite this article as:
Raghavan, R., Inkelas, M., Franke, T. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2007) 34: 191. doi:10.1007/s10488-006-0095-6

Abstract

While the need to provide appropriate mental health services to children in foster care is well recognized, there is little information on administrative barriers to assuring that such services are provided. This article presents results from a national survey of mental health agencies to profile their awareness of currently available practice standards, the roles these standards play in guiding practice of mental health agencies, common reimbursement strategies in use for mental health services, and collaborations between mental health and child welfare agencies that enhance children’s access to appropriate mental health care. Implications and recommendations for mental health policymakers are discussed.

Keywords

ChildrenMental healthFoster careQualityChild welfare

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