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WORKING PAPERS ON CARE INTEGRATION AND INPATIENT BED USE

TAC authors contributed two working papers to the “What Is the Inpatient Bed Need if You Have a Best Practice Continuum of Care?” series produced by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors:

In The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Determining Psychiatric Inpatient Bed Capacity, Sherry Lerch and Kevin Martone summarize the research consensus that by strengthening the continuum of community-based services, communities can reduce the demand for psychiatric inpatient beds. 

In The Role State Mental Health Authorities Can Play in the Delivery of Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care for People with Serious Mental Illness, including those with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders, Sherry Lerch lays out the changes in planning, financing, and procedures that SMHAs can implement to increase care integration.