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The containment of mental health center costs


In an economy of scarce resources, cost containment becomes a major concern of mental health administrators. The author discusses the various approaches to cost containment and stresses the importance of sound fiscal planning and controls. He cautions against compromising service quality and accessibility in the process.

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John W. Ashbough is Vice-President, Human Services Research Institute, 89 State Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

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Ashbaugh, J.W. The containment of mental health center costs. Administration in Mental Health 9, 46–56 (1981).

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  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Health Center
  • Service Quality
  • Scarce Resource