A Public Health Framework for the State Mental Health Authority: A Call for Action by Massachusetts Consumers and Family Members
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Mental Health; Mental Health Services; Community Mental Health Services; Massachusetts
Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health
During the Spring of 2006, Consumer Quality Initiatives (CQI) conducted 20 focus groups across the state, 12 with adults with mental illness, 3 with parents of youth with serious emotional disorder, 2 with youth with SED, 1 with family members of adult consumers, and 2 with youth in transition. Supported by a contract with Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), the goal was to assist DMH in framing the criteria for its upcoming reprocurement. Our findings reveal a frustration with an approach to health care delivery that focuses primarily on the provision of psychiatric care (egs, medication, therapy, hospitalization). We reviewed the focus group reports to identify the most significant themes, which clustered within eight broad categories.