Primary therapists' views of managed care

Thomas Uttaro, Allan V. Horwitz, Firoozeh Vali, William F. Henri

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To assess the system's comprehensiveness in provision of public managed mental health care South Beach Psychiatric Center surveyed a sample (n = 54) of its primary therapists employed in its outpatient departments which have recently been reconfigured as key components of the New York State Office of Mental Health Prepaid Mental Health Plan. They are intended to be comprehensive resource and treatment centers which optimize recovery in a deregulated, capitated environment. As key informants, the primary therapists were asked to rate the difficulty they experience in providing or arranging adequate services and support groups in 19 areas. They were also asked to indicate if the fundamental problem was one of access, information, quality, or supply. The five areas with the highest ratings of difficulty were housing or residential services, substance-abuse services, dental care, general health care, and employment or vocational services. The reason for difficulty most endorsed for these areas was supply. It is suggested that capitated managed care contracts can create incentives to increase the supply of such services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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