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Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 271–281 | Cite as

Racial matching and service utilization among seriously mentally Ill consumers in the rural south

  • Michael B. Blank
  • Frank L. TetrickIII
  • Deborah F. Brinkley
  • H. O. Smith
  • Vincent Doheny
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Abstract

The authors examined racial matching between case manager and client for 677 seriously mentally ill consumers served through a rural community mental health center in the southeastern United States. Nonparametric statistics indicated that client-case manager dyads were more likely to be of the same race than of different races. Same-race dyads tended to have greater service utilization as indicated by a greater number of made appointments over the study period. An interaction was found for failed appointments where African Americans in same-race dyads were more likely to fail appointments, while caucasian consumers in same-race dyads were less likely to fail appointments.

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Public Health Mental Health Health Center Case Manager Rural Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael B. Blank
    • 1
  • Frank L. TetrickIII
    • 2
  • Deborah F. Brinkley
    • 2
  • H. O. Smith
    • 2
  • Vincent Doheny
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical and Community Research, Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research CenterUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville
  2. 2.Western Tidewater Community Services BoardSuffolk

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