ABSTRACT

Mental health practitioners will need to better understand the health care model they work in, better articulate the linkage between their services and outcome data, and better shape the referral process, if they are to survive the influx of managed care, downsizing, and cost reduction. Much of what has been written in the previous chapters provides ammunition for the inclusion of assessment and intervention clinical protocols for use in geriatric health care settings. To effectively utilize this information, however, mental health clinicians will need to better understand how their training may clash with the values of the medical model, still the predominant model of health care delivery in hospital systems. After these model differences are explored, mental health practitioners will be shown one way to alter their own traditional behaviors and to improve referral patterns.