Research Colloquium: Dr. Uri Aviram: Mental Health Reform: Lessons from the Israeli Experience

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

In July 2015, a major mental health reform in Israel went into effect. It transferred responsibility for hospital and ambulatory mental health services from government to the health maintenance organizations (HMO), integrating mental health services into the general health care system. This study examined the opportunities and challenges associated with implementation of this reform and comments on lessons other jurisdictions interested in reforming their mental health service system could learn from the Israeli experience. The paper discusses the effect of timing and role of entrepreneurs in achieving social policy reforms.

Dr. Uri Aviram is the Zena Harman Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After getting his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1972, the focus of his academic work has been mental health services research, policy studies and social work education. During his long academic career Prof. Aviram headed the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University and later the social work school at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently he designed a new program in social work and served as the Dean of the School of Social and Community Sciences at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel. Among the US institutions he served in, he held appointments at the Institute for Health Policy, and the
School of Social Work, Rutgers University, N.J. Between 2007 and 2011 Prof. Aviram served as the chairperson of Israel National Council for the Rehabilitation in the Community of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. In 2015, Prof. Uri Aviram was awarded by ESPAnet-Israel for lifelong contribution to the study of social policy in Israel.