What is Public Psychiatry?

Public and Community Psychiatry encompasses the care of people with serious and complex behavioral health needs in multiple community service systems typically publicly funded through Medicaid, Medicare and local grants and contracts. These organizations and programs often provide care for underserved populations and address mental health and substance use needs in addition to other social determinants of health, under the governing principles of recovery and systems based practice.

The Pillars of Community Psychiatry are the concept of Recovery and the Four Factor Model of Systems Based Practice


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