Financing Results and Value in Behavioral Health Services
This paper was originally conceived during the March 2001 American College of Mental Health Administration’s Santa Fe Summit on Financing for Results. That Summit explored the issues surrounding financing of behavioral health services in the public sector, specifically within the specialty behavioral health arena. The Summit was held prior to the events of 9/11/01 and prior to the economic recession that has engulfed the United States and that has resulted in 47 of 50 states facing severe economic crises as of the final writing of this paper. The Summit and the majority of the writing on this paper also occurred prior to the implementation of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health that has begun to highlight the fragmentation of financing streams for public and private behavioral healthcare.
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