Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Systems

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“MOSAIC” by Lynne Caldwell

Today, the U.S. mental health service system is in a period of transition. Providers in both the private and public sectors are searching for effective models of short- and long-term care for people with acute and chronic mental illness. Many of the issues confronting policy makers and service providers at the national, state, and local levels require new knowledge and research about:

  • clinical and social outcomes for service recipients;
  • the structures, processes, and effects of managed behavioral healthcare programs; and
  • the integration of mental health services with other substance abuse, primary care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems.

The Sheps Center’s work in this area involves studies taking place in North Carolina and throughout the United States.


Director  Joseph P. Morrissey, PhD

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