Forum Session

“Mental Health: Progress and Pitfalls,” the Health Affairs Special Issue—A Discussion of Trends in Mental Health Services
June 14, 2006


Christopher W. Loftis, PhD


This Forum session highlighted the work of three researchers who published reports in a Health Affairs special issue, “Mental Health: Progress and Pitfalls.” The meeting reviewed historical trends in the financing of mental health services and explored the implications of these trends for the organization and delivery of mental health care. Speakers also discussed what improvements are needed to provide quality and accessible behavioral health care today in the context of increasing pressures to control costs and improve standards of care.


Sherry Glied, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management , Columbia University; Benjamin G. Druss, MD, MPH, Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Peter Cunningham, PhD, Senior Health Researcher, Center for Studying Health System Change

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