Organization of mental health care in HMOs

  • Douglas Wholey
  • Jon Christianson
  • Maureen Peterson

DOI: 10.1007/BF02106810

Cite this article as:
Wholey, D., Christianson, J. & Peterson, M. Adm Policy Ment Health (1996) 23: 307. doi:10.1007/BF02106810


This article examines the relationship between the basic structure of a health maintenance organization's delivery system and its organization of mental health services. The conclusion is that the organization of mental health services is strongly influenced by whether the HMO is organized as a group-based delivery system or as a contractually-linked set of independent providers. In addition, larger HMOs of all types are more likely to contract for mental health services, as are HMOs in more competitive markets.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Wholey
    • 1
  • Jon Christianson
    • 2
  • Maureen Peterson
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Social and Decision SciencesCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh
  2. 2.Institute for Health Services Research at the University of MinnesotaUSA
  3. 3.HealthPartners, Inc.Bloomington

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