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(p. 51) Treatment Gap: Barriers to Providing and Receiving Services 

(p. 51) Treatment Gap: Barriers to Providing and Receiving Services
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(p. 51) Treatment Gap: Barriers to Providing and Receiving Services
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Alan E. Kazdin

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190463281.003.0003
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date: 26 April 2018

This chapter details the enormous gap between the number of individuals in need of mental health services and the number who actually receive the services. Key challenges in providing services are presented, along with the barriers that must be addressed, minimized, or neutralized if interventions are to reduce the burdens of mental illness. System barriers such as the financial cost of treatment, policy and legal regulations, and limitations in the resources to provide treatment, among other obstacles are d discussed. Attitudinal barriers are addressed including stigma associated with mental illness, mental health literacy, and others. Novel additional barriers are covered including issues surrounding case identification and the model of intervention delivery.

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