Correcting Psychiatry's False Assumptions and Implementing Parity

Published on 
May 2015
Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych

Eric M. Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions at the Austen Riggs CenterIt is a source of shame for our nation that for most Americans in need—especially those with serious mental illness—the mental health system is dysfunctional. Provision of population mental health services is a complex systems issue that requires multiple stakeholders to work in partnership to improve it. Federal and state governments (as funders of both care and research), clinicians, hospitals, accountable care organizations, and insurers, as well as patients and families, are key stakeholders. Only the federal government has authority to convene all of the former, but Washington’s current dysfunction makes this unlikely. Nevertheless, we can fix some of the ways the system is broken. I will focus here on 2 critical areas—the paradigm of clinical care and implementation of parity. 

Read Dr. Eric Plakun's full commentary in Plakun, Eric, "Correcting Psychiatry’s False Assumptions and Implementing Parity." Psychiatric Times, 32 no. 5 (2015): 56-60.