The Economics of Psychological Services: The Public Sector
In the earliest years of their profession, most clinical psychologists worked for universities, for public school systems, or perhaps for state or private institutions for the retarded or mentally ill. Economic issues were more the problems of these employing institutions than those of their employees, professional or not. These psychologists working in the nonprofit or public sector of the economy felt (perhaps naively) that they did not have to be preoccupied with where the money for their work came from. Also, because they were generally not administrators or policymakers, they were not the ones who determined whether mental health services were delivered comprehensively to people in need of them.
KeywordsPublic Sector Mental Health Service Child Welfare System Psychological Service State Mental Hospital
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