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University of South Florida · College of Behavioral & Community Sciences · Mental Health Law & Policy


Key Personnel:
Amy C. Vargo, M.A.
Patty Sharrock, M.S.W.
Jennifer Pedraza, B.A.
Kelley Dhont, M.S.
Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.
Roger Boothroyd, Ph.D.
Rhonda Ort, B.A.
Frank Reyes, A.A.
Pat Robinson, M.S.W.
Stephen Roggenbaum, M.A.

A Study of the Quality of Children's Mental Health Services within Florida's Mental Health Managed Care Plans

Publication Date: 6/1/2005

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Th is study provides an in-depth look at children with, or at risk of, severe emotional disturbance (SED) and their families who were enrolled in the Medicaid Prepaid Mental Health Program (PMHP) or in a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in the Pensacola area (AHCA Area 1). Using case study methodology, the children's and families' experiences were assessed in relation to the quality of mental health services provided and the quality of services by fi nancing condition (i.e., PMHP or HMO). A small portion of the case studies included children who are not receiving Medicaid-funded behavioral health services, so that the causes of the low penetration rates in AHCA Area 1 could be explored.