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Get it Together: How to Integrate Physical and Mental Health Care for People with Serious Mental Disorders

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Publication Date: June 2004

Publisher(s): Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Author(s): Chris Koyanagi

Funder(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; CIGNA Healthcare

Funder(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; CIGNA Healthcare

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services administration)
Health (Mental health)

Keywords: mental disorders; managed care; health care integration

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This report examines model programs for improving integration and coordination of behavioral health and primary health services for adults and children with serious mental disorders who rely on the public mental health system for their care. It summarizes findings of a series of studies and offers recommendations for policymakers.

The Bazelon Center's study fills a gap by focusing primarily on integration of care for people with serious mental illnesses.