The impact of managed care on community mental health outpatient services in new york state

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Abstract

This article explores the impact of managed care on community mental health outpatient services in New York State. A survey was sent to directors of all the licensed mental health organizations to obtain information about staff composition, services provided, training, funding, managed care affiliations, and advertising. The survey focus was on changes that had taken place in the past 4 years and those anticipated in the future due to managed care. Results indicate that managed care has led to changes in the aforementioned areas and that these changes varied by agency size, region, and type.

Adrienne Cypres, Ph.D., is a consultant and has a private practice in Washington, DC.
This article is based on the First author's doctoral dissertation submitted June 1996 to the New York University School of Social Work.