Mental Health: Continuum of Care Term Paper by Nicky

A brief discussion on the barriers to the continuum of care in mental health services.
# 145403 | 1,067 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper explains continuum of care to be ongoing, fully-informed and integrated health care service provision. The paper then examines the barriers to continuum of care provision in mental health care services. In its conclusion, the paper highlights the need for mental health care to properly utilize the resources available.

Continuum of Care
Barriers and Challenges
Continuum of Care in Action
Discussion and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The health care delivery component's role in service provision in the area of mental health is a critical contributor to the overall management of health care resources. This is because a 'continuum of care' mental health care environment is characterized by an ongoing and highly informed practice in service provision. Because of the differential treatment regimens, the ever-expanding knowledge in the research of mental health science accompanied by ongoing rapidly developing technologies and pharmaceuticals treatment options, continuum of care in mental health cannot possibly allocate health care resources in an efficient manner. The problem is that there are barriers to continuum of care provision that mental health care service providers often have little to no control over in the life of their patient."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Behar, Lenore B., Macbeth, Gary, and Holland, Joan M. (1993) Distribution and Costs of Mental Health Services Within a System of Care for Children and Adolescents. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Vol. 20, No. 4, March 1993. Abstract online available at Springerlink online:
  • Hamner, Karl M., Lambert, E. Warren, and Bickman, Leonard (1996) Children's Mental Health in a Continuum of Care: Clinical Outcomes at 18 Months for the Fort Bragg Demonstration. ERIC Digest. 28 Feb 1996. Online available at:
  • Yager, J. (1996) Do Full Continuum of Care Services Yield Better Results? Am Psychol 1996 July. Journal Watch. Online available at:
  • Mohatt, Dennis F. (1997) Access To Mental Health Services In Frontier America Letter to the Field No. 4. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. 4 Nov 1997. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Online available at:
  • Kiser, Laurel J., Lefkovitz, Paul M. and Kennedy, Lawrence L. (2001) The Integrated Behavioral Health Continuum. Theory and Practice. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. Arlington, VA.

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