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How Social Policy Impacts Private Practice 

How Social Policy Impacts Private Practice
How Social Policy Impacts Private Practice

Catherine Gaines Ling

, Sarah Huffman

, and Patrick H. DeLeon

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date: 24 February 2020

All aspects of clinical private practice are influenced by public policy. Public policy can be neutral or it can promote or inhibit practice. This chapter addresses how social policy shapes practice through legislation, regulation, payer, and care delivery systems. The authors illustrate how behavioral health professionals practice in response to federal, state, and local policies. Policy and practice are evolving to meet increased demand. The chapter discusses how parity of access and compensation for mental health care versus physical health care are playing a greater part in policy. The authors emphasize how advancement and advocacy occur by working collaboratively with and building on parity with other health professions.

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