Administration in mental health

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 123–132 | Cite as

Counteracting bureaucratic resistance in welfare and mental health—A working agreement approach

  • John McRae
  • Larry Lawlor
  • Bernard Nelson


In this paper we have reviewed the working agreement and the spectrum of linkage mechanisms as useful administrative tools for mental health and public welfare administrators in assessing the interorganizational environment and in identifying potentially useful linkages between the administrator's respective organization and other interdependent organizations. Planning for the survival of one's mission must depend not only on internal resources, but on external interagency cooperation and mutual support as well. The suggested working-agreement approach and the spectrum of interorganizational linkage mechanisms can assist with such external survival planning.


Public Health Mental Health Linkage Mechanism Internal Resource Public Welfare 
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© Human Sciences Press 1984

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  • John McRae
  • Larry Lawlor
  • Bernard Nelson

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