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OBJECTIVES This study was designed to investigate demonstrable impacts of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth (MHSPY), a highly coordinated, intentionally integrated "system of care," on patterns of health service utilization for youth with multiple needs. METHODS The MHSPY intervention is available to a target population of urban youth who face(More)
BACKGROUND Mental health advocates seek to expand children's services, noting widespread failure to meet the needs of public sector youth suffering from serious emotional disturbance (SED). However, state and national budgets face deepening cuts, with rising health care costs taking the blame. As the gap between needs and finances widens, identification of(More)
The Massachusetts Mental Health Services Program for Youth (MHSPY) is a home-based clinical intervention that seeks to maintain youth with severe functional impairment in the community via delivery of integrated primary care, mental health, substance abuse, and social services. Using blended public agency funding, traditional and nontraditional services are(More)
Children with significant behavioral health needs typically require an array of services to support their physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being. These children, however, are often served through fragmented systems, leading to inefficient care, costly utilization, and poor health outcomes. As a significant source of funding for children's(More)
  • K E Grimes
  • 1997
This article reviews the tension between "gatekeeping," routinely practiced by managed care to limit utilization of care and, presumably, cost, and the increased demands of purchasers (such as Medicaid), consumer groups, and the National Council for Quality Assurance for mental health screening, outreach, and access to specialty care, particularly for(More)
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