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330.648.11 An Overview of Public Mental Health Services


Mental Health
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Tue 06/17/2014 - Wed 06/18/2014
Class Times:
  • W Th,  8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Anita Everett
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Reviews, in detail, the current and historic role of government as funder, regulator, and provider of mental health services in the United States. Highlights a number of critical dimensions of public mental health programs, including, but not limited to, the organization of services for children, adults, and aging adults; substance abuse services; specialty services designed to enhance long-term recovery support and community integration; supported housing; and integrated behavioral health and primary care. Focuses on the role other public agencies, working in parallel and integrated with public behavioral health agencies, such as Social Services, Social Security, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Public Health, and Medicaid. Features an overview of public agencies, peer (current and former mental health clients) operated services.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the roles of local, state, and federal government in the regulation, funding, and provision of mental health and substance abuse services
  2. Compare and contrast differences and similarities in services for children, adults, and elderly adults
  3. Discuss other systems that are often involved with persons who have mental illnesses such as social services, departments of corrections and juvenile justice, schools, housing, and others
Methods of Assessment:

Participation and attendance in class (50%) and the submission of a written paper (50%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required