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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2006 Jan;33(1):16-20.

The economics of integrated depression care: the University of Michigan study.

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  • 1Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. kgrazier@umich.edu

Abstract

A goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Depression and Primary Care Initiative at the University of Michigan is to create and implement the clinical care and financial systems necessary to enable links between primary care and mental health specialty depression care. This paper describes the economic issues related to resources required, the mechanisms to distribute those resources, and the support that must be garnered from stakeholders. By systematic measurement and application, we assess the cost, price and selected consequences of these efforts. The study illustrates the need for both centralized and distributed capacity and support for innovative models of care.

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