Paper analyzes the impact of the catchment area concept on provision of services under the Community Mental Health Centers Act in terms of direct patient care, indirect mental health services, community involvement and objectives of accessibility, equity of services, continuity of care and base of support. Data from 3 related studies conducted at the Connecticut Mental Health Center are used in the analysis. Findings indicate impact of the catchment area concept as an effective instrument for insuring greater access to care and more equitable distribution of services to the socially disadvantaged groups previously denied such service in the community, has been most profound in relation to direct patient care activities. Analysis also indicates disadvantages and problems are maximal in relation to issues of governance and accountability and conditional in relation to indirect mental health service.
|Abstracts of Hospital Management Studies
|Published - 1977
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Medicine