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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2008 Mar;35(1-2):50-65. Epub 2007 Oct 30.

The de-adoption of innovative mental health practices (IMHP): why organizations choose not to sustain an IMHP.

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Ohio Department of Mental Health, Office of Program Evaluation and Research, 30 East Broad St., Suite 1170, Columbus, OH 43215, USA.


The de-adoption or discontinuance of innovative mental health practices (IMHPs) was investigated among twelve mental health providers in Ohio. Researchers used mixed methodology to investigate factors that led the organizations to de-adopt the IMHPs. Findings suggest at least five indicators that an organization is likely to discontinue an IMHP (e.g., lack of financial resources and problems related to attracting and retaining qualified staff). Adopting agencies, state and local mental health authorities, and external technical assistance groups may be able to use this information to assist organizations in continuing with the implementation process.

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