The purpose of this project was to analyze the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The policy was analyzed using Gil's (1992) Policy Analysis Framework to focus on issues relevant to the mental health needs of the Latino community. The policy required health plans that offer mental health and substance use benefits to offer them at parity with physical health benefits. Using a qualitative research approach examining journal articles, collected data, policy briefs, and government websites, this analysis sought to understand this policy and its effectiveness for Latinos. The policy analysis explored the factors that facilitate care and the barriers for those most in need of mental health coverage as well as reviewed health care policy overall to determine if mental health services are being indeed being covered. Specifically, the analysis focused on Latinos who reside in California.
|Commitee:||Chambers, Ruth, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Hispanic American studies, Public health|
|Keywords:||Healthcare, The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, Policy analysis|
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