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Responsibilities and training needs of mental health administrators


This paper reports findings of a needs assessment in the area of training programs for senior mental health administrators. Questionnaires (N=530) were sent; 169 to county and regional state mental health administrators; 331 went to community mental health administrators. The response rate was 43%. Thirty-four percent of the public sector respondents listed “general administration” as their first topic; “fiscal issues” were listed by 19%; 18% listed “personnel administration” first. Second topics chosen for training by the public sector administrators were general administration (17%), financial management (24%), and personnel (20%). As their first topics of choice for future training, 37% of the community mental health administrators selected general administration areas, 27% selected financial management, and 10% personnel. Training for mental health administrators has the potential for substantial enrichment through the design and implementation of carefully planned programs. Results from this needs assessment show the continued strong need for such training.

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Blum, S.R., Feldman, S. & Heller, K. Responsibilities and training needs of mental health administrators. Adm Policy Ment Health 18, 257–269 (1991).

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  • Public Health
  • Training Program
  • Public Sector
  • Regional State
  • State Mental Health