Interorganizational cooperation in community mental health

A resource-based explanation of referrals and case coordination

Keith G. Provan, Juliann G Sebastian, H. Brinton Milward

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Abstract

Using data collected from mental health services delivery systems in 4 cities, this study examines the relationship between resource acquisition, resource utilization, and 3 types of cooperative, client-based interorganizational relationships: referrals received, referrals sent, and case coordination. Relationships were first explored for all 138 agencies in all 4 systems and then under conditions of environmental resource scarcity versus munificence, as measured by per capita mental health spending by the stale. Results generally supported the 3 hypotheses proposed but were strongest for case coordination and for systems embedded in resource-scarce environments. Implications of the results for policy and research are discussed as they pertain to building a better understanding of condi-tions conducive to cooperation among health and human service agencies that provide community-based services to the severely mentally ill and other client groups with long-term needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-119
Number of pages26
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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Interorganizational cooperation in community mental health : A resource-based explanation of referrals and case coordination. / Provan, Keith G.; Sebastian, Juliann G; Milward, H. Brinton.

In: Medical Care Research and Review, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.01.1996, p. 94-119.

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