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Write a 700- to 1,050-paper responding to the following: You have recently been employed by a small local hospital as an administrative assistant in the emergency room. The hospital does not provide any behavioral health services. You are assigned the task of gathering information for your supervisor that would help develop a plan to place the mentally ill in appropriate care. In your report to your supervisor, include your responses to the following:
o What is the definition of mental illness? Can mental illness be as clearly defined as a physical illness such as diabetes? Can mental illness be cured?
o Has the concept of deinstitutionalization been effective in providing needed services to the mentally ill? Why or why not?
o What populations or groups were most adversely affected by deinstitutionalization? What are the benefits of deinstitutionalization?
o Are health care professionals who provide mental health care integrated with other systems of care? What are the consequences of separating mental health from physical health care? What other services (social and health) might be needed by the mentally ill?
o What are three governmental sources that pay for mental health care? What populations are covered by these sources?
o What are some of the challenges to using a managed care approach in mental health care? How does a managed care model of mental health care reduce health care spending?
o How would you ensure the mentally ill are placed into the appropriate care facility?
o Format your paper according to APA standards. Be sure to properly cite any sources used during your research.

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