Reviewer: Steven Gryll, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: The authors provide an encompassing analysis of the changes in the mental healthcare delivery system in the past decade and how those changes have impacted clinical practice, training of clinicians, and education. Each chapter is authored by individuals at the forefront of this revolution and who themselves have successfully negotiated new careers in these new service delivery organizations.
Purpose: This book serves as a guide to industrialization of healthcare and how to survive and prosper in response to it. The book provides a critical perception on past changes and predicts the directions the field is moving.
Audience: This book is written for all mental health practitioners: psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.
Features: The publication of this book could not be more timely. It is very well organized and quite thorough. A very useful addition is the listing of information systems vendors and relevant internet addresses in the appendixes.
Assessment: This book presents an extremely comprehensive assessment of the changes in the mental health delivery system during the past decade. Chapters are written by individuals who have been intimately involved in these changes and have been at the forefront of the managed care revolution. They offer practical suggestions concerning how a practitioner can participate and prosper. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and evolution of this behavioral health paradigm shift or who wants to prosper in these times.