Economic contribution of families caring for persons with severe and persistent mental illness

@article{Franks2004EconomicCO,
  title={Economic contribution of families caring for persons with severe and persistent mental illness},
  author={Deborah D. Franks},
  journal={Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={9-18}
}
The author suggests that family expenditures are a significant factor in the overall system of care and should be included in economic analyses of mental health services. Data indicate that family contribution should be viewed as a resource and may be serving as a substitute for resources from the formal mental health system. Suggestions for policy are presented that support the concept of “shared responsibility” between the family and the formal system. 

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