Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 258–269 | Cite as

The Impact of the Great Recession on Community-Based Mental Health Organizations: An Analysis of Top Managers’ Perceptions of the Economic Downturn’s Effects and Adaptive Strategies Used to Manage the Consequences in Ohio

  • Helen Anne Sweeney
  • Kraig Knudsen
Original Paper


The Great Recession of 2007–2009 adversely affected the financial stability of the community-based mental health infrastructure in Ohio. This paper presents survey results of the type of adaptive strategies used by Ohio community-based mental health organizations to manage the consequences of the economic downturn. Results were aggregated into geographical classifications of rural, mid-sized urban, and urban. Across all groups, respondents perceived, to varying degrees, that the Great Recession posed a threat to their organization’s survival. Urban organizations were more likely to implement adaptive strategies to expand operations while rural and midsized urban organizations implemented strategies to enhance internal efficiencies.


Community-based mental health organizations Economic downturn Great Recession Adaptive strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ohio Department of Mental HealthOffice of Research and EvaluationColumbusUSA

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