Useful Reports

Topic Areas: 

Crisis and Emergency Services

Core Elements in Responding to Mental Health Crisis

Practice guidlines developed by SAMHSA outlining recovery-oriented approaches to dealing with mental health crises.

A Community-Based Comprehensive Psychiatric Crisis Response Service

A useful report from the Technical Assistance Collaborative, 2005 (134pages)

Report and Recommendations Regarding Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Services

This report by the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Psychiatric Emergency Services reviews and provides details on model programs   Published in 2002.(101 pages)

Telepsychiatry / Telemental Health

Evidence-Based practice for Telemental Health

From the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)- published July 2009. Very useful and informatiive

Practice Guidelines for Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health

Also from theATA- specific guidelines; published Oct 2009 after a long vetting and feedback proces.

Access to Mental Health Services

The Shortage of Public Hospital Beds for Mentally Ill Persons
A Report of the Treatment Advocacy Center, that includes state specific information, and lists Iowa as one of the states with a "critical bed shortage". 

Financing of Mental Health Services

Health Care Expenditures for Adults Ages 18-64 with a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Related Expense: 2007 versus 1997

From the US DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),this is a statistical brief comparing a variety of aspects of expenditures between 1997 and 2007.  (March 2011)

Reimbursement of Mental Health Services in Primary Care Settings

Commissioned by SAMSHA, released Feb 2008;  Good information, accessible presentation (45 pages)

Administration of Mental Health Services by Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid is now the largest payer source for public mental health services. This SAMHSA report, released Dec, 2007 provides a good overview of how various state Medicaid agencies use this funding stream.

Public and Community Psychiatry

Keystones for Collaboration and Leadership:  Issues and Recommendations for the Transformation of Community Psychiatry

This was put together by the American Association of Community Psychiatry and is a MUST READ for any young psychiatrist, or anyone who feels that the role of psychatry today needs to be redefined.


Overview Statistics

Data from the NIMH on prevalence, cost, and disability from serious mental illness.  Good basic and background information.

Measurement of Health Status for People with Serious Mental Illnesses

From the Medical Directors Council of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), released in the fall of 2008.  Useful information here. 

The Principles of Medica Ethics (With Annotations especially applicable to Psychiatry)

The is the 2010 edition of this longstanding document from the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association