The Palgrave Handbook of American Mental Health Policy

  • Howard H. Goldman
  • Richard G. Frank
  • Joseph P. Morrissey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Foundations of American Mental Health Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Howard H. Goldman, Joseph P. Morrissey
      Pages 3-20
  3. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Policy: Treatment Interventions and Supports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Larry Davidson, Timothy Schmutte
      Pages 71-100
    3. Patricia A. Areán, Anna Ratzliff
      Pages 101-128
    4. Eric Slade, Marisa Elena Domino
      Pages 129-169
    5. Marvin S. Swartz, Jeffrey W. Swanson
      Pages 171-196
    6. Michelle P. Salyers, Yaara Zisman-Ilani
      Pages 197-228
    7. Thomas E. Smith, Lisa B. Dixon
      Pages 297-330
    8. Jeanne Miranda, Lonnie R. Snowden, Rupinder K. Legha
      Pages 331-364
  4. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Policy: Cross Sectors and Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Sharon A. Hoover, Jeff Q. Bostic, Libby K. Nealis
      Pages 409-447
    3. Robert E. Drake, Ellen R. Meara, Gary R. Bond
      Pages 449-470
    4. Jeffrey W. Swanson, Colleen L. Barry, Marvin S. Swartz
      Pages 509-541
    5. Michael Rowe, Allison N. Ponce
      Pages 573-599
  5. Future Issues in Mental Health Policy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 679-687

About this book


This handbook is the definitive resource for understanding current mental health policy controversies, options, and implementation strategies. It offers a thorough review of major issues in mental health policy to inform the policy-making process, presenting the pros and cons of controversial, significant issues through close analyses of data. Some of the topics covered are the effectiveness of various biomedical and psychosocial interventions, the role of mental illness in violence, and the effectiveness of coercive strategies. The handbook presents cases for conditions in which specialized mental health services are needed and those in which it might be better to deliver mental health treatment in mainstream health and social services settings. It also examines the balance between federal, state, and local authority, and the financing models for delivery of efficient and effective mental health services. It is aimed for an audience of policy-makers, researchers, and informed citizens that can contribute to future policy deliberations. 


mental health law public policy public law health public health public finance health budget affordable care act obamacare healthcare social services biomedicine psychosocial intervention

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard H. Goldman
    • 1
  • Richard G. Frank
    • 2
  • Joseph P. Morrissey
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MarylandSchool of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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