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Dissertation

Program Evaluation of a Mental Health Agency

3 April 2019

Abstract

The increasing emphasis on empirical use and psychotherapeutic treatment effectiveness guides the need to assess our local community mental health agencies. The impact of our community mental health agencies to reach underserved and low socioeconomic populations must be addressed to further benefit the therapeutic needs of these individuals. In this study, we demonstrate how outcome assessment was used to track progress and outcome of clients seen within a local community mental health agency in Portland, Oregon. Researchers have outlined the profound benefit from effective treatment, however, very few have determined effectiveness from individual agencies. In addition, researchers have examined the growth and positive effect community mental health has offered since deinstitutionalization. The aim of this proposed study is to explore treatment outcome for individuals served by a local community health agency. The need for mental health resources in Oregon, specifically, Portland, is at an all-time high. Small community mental health agencies have served individuals and families throughout the greater Portland metro area. The agency in this study serves clients that hover or fall below the federal poverty limit. Thus, a sliding scale is used to meet their clients’ financial concerns. The effectiveness of the treatment provided is assessed in this study. This study will highlight the benefit of mental health services In Oregon that do not hold to insurance limitations.


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