RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


OMHSAS White Paper on Alternatives to Residential Treatment
October 1, 2007

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) engaged Mercer Government Human Services Consulting to review current issues related to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs). Mercer was charged to develop recommendations that promote home and community-based alternatives to residential treatment, with a particular emphasis on youth served through the juvenile justice system. This concept paper explores the issues, infrastructure, and practices that can lead to a community-based system of care that includes alternatives to PRTF use.

The complete text of the White Paper on Alternatives to Residential Treatment is available from this link. PCPA is very interested in comments and reactions from PRTF providers and other community behavioral health providers. Please send your comments to Connell O’Brien.

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