American Revolution in Mental Health Care Delivery: Meeting the Educational Challenge

Yuhwa Eva Lu, Milton H. Miller, Milton H. Miller, Sheying Chen

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    The American health care system is in the midst of unprecedented changes under the name of “managed care,” including preauthorizations for care, cost and outcome accountability, formulary regulations and restrictions, and corporation of multi-professional collaboration. How to prepare practitioners for new responsibilities in such a time of exponential change while preserving professional values and priorities is the rightful concern of mental health educators. This paper identifies and examines some fundamental professional skills as essential criteria for assessing the preparation of social work professionals for the new mental health care environment. They are (1) communication skills, (2) cultural competency, and (3) state-of-the-art treatment. The paper also discusses the manner in which rapid scientific advance, managed-care environments, and changing patterns of practice might test, extend and alter traditional pillars of professional competence. Finally, it is stressed that social work education should prepare professionals to distinguish between constructive and destructive aspects of managed care and should teach the moral imperative to confront harmful practices.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)167-182
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
    Volume22
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 11 2002

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    Keywords

    • Cultural competence
    • Managed care
    • Mental health service delivery
    • Social work training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    American Revolution in Mental Health Care Delivery : Meeting the Educational Challenge. / Lu, Yuhwa Eva; Miller, Milton H.; Miller, Milton H.; Chen, Sheying.

    In: Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 11.04.2002, p. 167-182.

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    Lu, Yuhwa Eva ; Miller, Milton H. ; Miller, Milton H. ; Chen, Sheying. / American Revolution in Mental Health Care Delivery : Meeting the Educational Challenge. In: Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 2002 ; Vol. 22, No. 1-2. pp. 167-182.
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