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Department: Mental Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Anita Everett
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013

Acquaints students with government structures and agencies and their role in financing, regulation, and delivery of mental health services. Examines the alignment of research with current policy priorities and the strategies that help promote the effective translation of research into clinical practice. Highlights numerous case examples of current national policy issues. Students choose a topic of interest and develop a class presentation or written report formatted as a policy brief or White Paper. Students are encouraged to select an area of research and propose a strategy for influencing policy development that would support the successful translation of that research area into service delivery.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: • Discuss the implications of the 2008 federal mental health parity act and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on mental health services. • Analyze key mental health services stakeholders and their role in shaping policy and practice. • Discuss the interrelation of policy, health regulations, statutes, rules, and other health oversight entities in ensuring integrity and quality of care. • Identify the key components of national, state, county, municipal, and agency- based provider systems. • Acquire working knowledge of the funding mechanisms for mental health services.

Methods of Assessment: • 50% attendance/level of participation in class discussion • 50% successful completion of project.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 6:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail