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Key Personnel:
Angela Gomez, M.A.
Jennifer Taub, Ph.D.
Mary Armstrong, M.S.W., M.B.A.

Use of Best Treatment Protocols in Managed Care Environments

Publication Date: 11/1/2000

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This study represents one aspect of the evaluation's examination of the quality of services provided. The specific purpose of this study is to examine the use of treatment guidelines/ protocols for children's mental health services in managed care environments. The purpose of this descriptive study is to determine whether treatment protocols are being used by Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), and clinicians in private practice. A second purpose was to determine whether existing treatment protocols meet national best practice standards for children's mental health services. Area 6 (Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties), the site of Florida's PMHP was the focus of this study. Area 4 was originally selected as a comparison site for Area 6. After completing the telephone interview component of this study, Area 4 was dropped because it proved not to be a comparable site in terms of this particular study.