The responsiveness of State Mental Health Authorities to parents with mental illness

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Department of Psychiatry

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Adult; Female; Health Care Surveys; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Interviews; Male; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Services; distribution; Middle Aged; Organizational Case Studies; Organizational Innovation; Organizational Objectives; Organizational Policy; Parents; Public Health Administration; Quality of Health Care; United States


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Psychiatry


The majority of adults with serious mental illness living in the community are parents, many of whom may be receiving services from State Mental Health Authorities (SMHA). Innovative intervention approaches are available to improve outcomes for these parents and their children. Analyses of SMHA and state-level data, as well as qualitative interviews of administrators, service providers, and consumers, underscore the importance of organizational structure and philosophy, an advocacy presence, and available funding to SMHA efforts on behalf of parents and their families.


Adm Policy Ment Health. 2004 Sep;32(1):31-48.

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Administration and policy in mental health

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