Network Governance for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services
Author(s)Scott, Shane P
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Under a charter from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the author participated in a study of the military's behavioral health system for the purpose of determining the means and effectiveness of that system for the treatment of PTSD and related conditions. This work focuses on the architecture and means of control over the existing arrangement of semi-independent enterprises, organized into functional work groups that necessarily collaborate to provide a full spectrum of behavioral health services to service members and their families. The author suggests a rearrangement of the system architecture to enable integrated work across organizational boundaries in order to reduce waste generated through structural inefficiencies. Implementation of network architecture and control relies heavily on the development of shared strategic objectives that direct network processes in supporting overall organizational goals. Further, performance measurement systems and stakeholder behavior change through use of incentives are used as the drivers of inter-enterprise process development. Finally, a governance structure, focused on development of integrative processes and outcomes is established to foster inter-organizational relationships, direct process improvement, and resolve system conflicts.