Public Policy, Social Welfare Programs, Stakeholder Groups, And Joel Blau 's Five Elements Model

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Public policy refers to “a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities promulgated by governmental entity or its representatives”(Blau & Abramovitz, 2014). One public policy that is gaining attention from United States Senators is the Expand Excellence in Mental Health Act. We can gain a better understanding of this act by taking a look at a recent public policy related to mental healthcare, the values in the Code of Ethics, social welfare programs, stakeholder groups, and Joel Blau’s five elements model. This will give us a better understanding into the social problem and public policy related to access to mental healthcare.
When it comes to access to mental healthcare, one public policy that relates would be the Expand Excellence in Mental Healthcare Act. In January 2014 Senators Roy Blunt and Debbie Stabenow introduced this program with the intention to expand certified community behavioral health clinics in twenty-four states ("Excellence in mental health ," 2016) . By March 2014 the goals of the program were set to include increasing access to Medicare, as well as increase access to community mental health and substance abuse treatment and services. Another goal included in this act is to improve Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services. This Act would put upwards of one billion dollars into behavioral health services, which is one of the biggest federal investments in mental health for some time ("Excellence in mental health

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