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Public-Sector Managed Behavioral Health Care: III. Meaningful Consumer and Family Participation
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A careful reading of recent advocacy statements reveals an emerging consensus about three interrelated principles for managed mental health care: first, cost containment, priority setting, and even rationing can be ethically acceptable if, second, the fact of limits and the reasons for limit-setting policies are openly shared, and, third, consumers and families play a meaningful role in shaping those policies. This column, the third in a series about public-sector managed care, focuses on the role of consumers and families. (Authors)
Journal
1999
Psychiatric Services
50
7
883-885