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(p. 157) Mental Health Services in the United States: Problems and Promising Approaches 

(p. 157) Mental Health Services in the United States: Problems and Promising Approaches
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(p. 157) Mental Health Services in the United States: Problems and Promising Approaches
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Aradhana Bela Sood

and Robert Cohen

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195392494.003.0008
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date: 12 November 2019

In this chapter the mental health services system in the United States is examined. Although much of the chapter’s focus is on the system at a national level, the authors also examine how mental health services are organized and delivered at the state and local levels, including through community-based services and systems of care models. A brief history illustrates how mental health services have evolved in this country. The current status and shortcomings of the U.S. mental health care system are described. Lastly, the authors highlight some examples of effective approaches that might be considered in efforts to improve extant services and develop responsive, comprehensive systems of care based on evidence-informed and evidence-based practice.

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