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Knowledge for Managing County and Local Mental Health, Substance Use, and Developmental Disability Authorities

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Tue 05/26/2020 - Wed 06/10/2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ronald Manderscheid
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Reviews the key features of successful management of county and local authorities that oversee and conduct mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services. Also explores environmental factors that impact local operations, as well as facility with key tools to plan and implement services. Specifically explores two principal environmental factors, i.e., National Health Reform and Medicaid, and two primary tools for management, i.e., strategic planning and needs assessment. Emphasizes practical knowledge so that managers can apply the information immediately upon returning to their programs. Students are expected to bring practical problems to the course and to leave with useful strategies and tools for solving them.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess the impact of National Health Reform and Medicaid on their own programs and will be able to employ useful strategic planning and needs assessment tools
  2. Describe the essential features of National Health Reform and the Medicaid Program
  3. Engage successfully in local strategic planning and needs assessment initiatives
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 35% Participation
  • 65% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Project is due June 30, 2020