OPEN MINDS The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst

Pro & Con

In 1985, there were just a handful of ‘managed behavioral health’ programs in existence. Originally these managed behavioral health programs were created and marketed largely on the assumption that much of the treatment of mental disorders and chemical dependency was inefficient, or even wasteful. The concept further assumed that some level of intervention by a "watch dog” organization, with trained reviewers applying defined treatment protocols, would bring about treatment efficiencies and cost saving.

Since the inception . . .

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