Mental Health Leaders’ Views on Self-Direction

Date: 12/2017

Author(s): Bevin Croft, Research Associate

This research brief provides an overview of a study conducted by a team from HSRI, Boston College School of Social Work, and the University of Maryland School of Public Health, with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The team looked into mental health program directors’ views on self-direction and found that the majority of program directors consider self-direction a high or moderate priority for their agency and have high expectations for its impact on systems and individuals.

Their full findings were published online in the journal Social Work in Mental Health. The full article can be found at
They conducted the research as part of the Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health project.

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