The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 115–121 | Cite as

The mental health services program for youth

  • Michael Beachler
Program Description


This paper traces the development of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Mental Health Services Program for Youth, a private initiative designed to improve the organization, financing, and delivery of service to seriously mentally ill youth. The rationale and structure of this five-year initiative are discussed. In July 1989, 12 one-year development grants were awarded under the program’s first phase. All of the grantees propose to utilize a number of strategies to restructure their mental health financing systems. Other common features include: the development of central intake units, early identification mechanisms, stronger utilization review protocols, and unified client tracking mechanisms.


Child Welfare Juvenile Justice Service Delivery System Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Residential Treatment Center 
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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Beachler
    • 1
  1. 1.Robert Wood Johnson FoundationPrinceton

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