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Knowledge for Managing County and Local Mental Health, Substance Use, and Developmental Disability Authorities

Course Status

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 14, 2024
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Reviews the key features of successful management of county and local authorities that oversee and conduct mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services. Also explores environmental factors that impact local operations, as well as facility with key tools to plan and implement services. Specifically explores two principal environmental factors, i.e., National Health Reform and Medicaid, and two primary tools for management, i.e., strategic planning and needs assessment. Emphasizes practical knowledge so that managers can apply the information immediately upon returning to their programs. Students are expected to bring practical problems to the course and to leave with useful strategies and tools for solving them.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Assess the impact of National Health Reform and Medicaid on their own programs and will be able to employ useful strategic planning and needs assessment tools
  2. Describe the essential features of National Health Reform and the Medicaid Program
  3. Engage successfully in local strategic planning and needs assessment initiatives
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 35% Participation
  • 65% Final Paper
Special Comments

Project is due June 30, 2024. Completion of the Introduction to Introduction to Online Learning Module is required before a student can enroll in this class.