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330.874.11 SS/R: Identifying, Discussing, and Debating Unresolved National Mental Health Policy Issues


Mental Health
Summer Inst. term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Ronald Manderscheid
  • Anita Everett

At least one previous course in the field of mental health or related disciplines


Acquaints students with the actual national mental health policy issues currently confronting us and the key frameworks that are used to analyze them. Students choose and prioritize four of these issues for more detailed examination. Students then examine three of these issues in depth, including causes, effects, interactions with other issues, feasible solutions, likely solutions, and prognoses. Finally, students debate and propose feasible solutions for the fourth issue. In this debate, different sets of students take the role of government, the provider community, consumers, family members, and members of the community at large. The debate concludes when a solution is achieved. Students then reflect on the policy process itself.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the current major national mental health policy issues currently confronting the United States
  2. Construct an analysis of a mental health policy issue from causes to likely solutions and prognoses
  3. Describe key positions in a mental health policy debate, and strategies and tactics that can be used to move the issue toward a likely solution
Methods of Assessment:

Students are evaluated on their mastery of mental health policy issues, analytical strategies that can be applied to these issues, and the major points of view that are reflected in related policy debates.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required