The authors describe current needs and trends in the mental health care, including long-term care, of older persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The literature suggests that emerging models of managed long-term care hold promise for integrated services but do not currently address the specialized mental health needs of this patient group. The authors review issues in financing long-term mental health care, including controversies over fee-for-service and carve-out and carve-in arrangements. Without mechanisms to adequately finance services, adjust for risk, and measure outcomes, the authors conclude, managed care arrangements will be in conflict with the goal of high-quality care for older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Proposed directions for future models of care for this group include integration of mental health and medical services, integration of specialized geropsychiatric services with developing community-based longterm care systems, blended financing under shared risk arrangements, and assurance of accountability and outcomes under managed care.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Psychiatry and Mental health