Quality of mental health services and method of payment: An empirical study


  • Donald H. Wallace J.D., L.L.M., M.A.

    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Corresponding author
    1. Central Missouri State University
    • Department of Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA
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Data from a sample of clinicians are examined to study the relationship of the lower socio-economic client and therapist. Therapist practice variables are regressed on variables measuring client income and contrasting client's use of Medicaid with the use of private insurance or out-of-pocket funds. It is found that therapist practice variables can predict a significant proportion of the variance of these criterion variables. These relationships and their implications for the therapeutic needs of indigent clients with less severely impaired conditions are discussed.