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Mental Health Services and Systems Practicum II


East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Alene Kennedy-Hendricks
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year

307.864 Mental Health Services and Systems Practicum I


The complexities of mental health care organization, financing, delivery, and clinical practice are difficult to understand without direct exposure. In this course, a mix of lectures from clinicians, advocates, governmental officials, and other experts with real-world experiences will be combined with off-site visits and opportunities for observation of clinical practice and service delivery setting in the community.

Part II of a year-long practicum that complements traditional coursework by providing exposure to the real-world settings and organizations that compose the mental health care infrastructure. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of the operational, organization, and financial aspects of service delivery, barriers to implementation of evidence-based services, and the interaction of other service settings (e.g., social services, criminal justice) with the mental health care system.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Diagram the organizational structures of state and local public mental health services.
  2. Deconstruct the mechanisms by which mental health services are financed and the underlying incentives embedded in financing structures
  3. Evaluate approaches to addressing the whole health of persons with mental illness through the organization of care delivery
  4. Assess barriers to implementing evidence-based mental health services
  5. Describe how other services settings interact with the mental health care delivery sector including social services and supports, the criminal justice setting and the educational setting
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Reflection
  • 10% Participation
  • 35% Final Project
  • 25% Diagramming Project

Enrollment Restriction:

PhD students and post-doctoral trainees only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

PhD students and post-doctoral trainees who are not NIMH MHSS T32 trainees may enroll with instructor approval

For consent, contact:

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Course will involve student field trips to offsite organizations. Course will require students to register as Student Observers of Clinical Care with the Johns Hopkins Health System.