In an era of heightened scrutiny of the origins of minority health disparities, there is intense interest in factors related to the availability of specific services to individuals for mental health treatment and their use of treatment services. The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health describes access to mental health treatment as an interactive process between individuals and health care systems in which offers of treatment services are made to individuals who have enough familiarity with a care system to cross an entry point, to appear for or be invited to participate in treatment services, and are judged to be appropriate for receipt of treatment services. However, the availability and use of mental health treatment services is also determined in part by a series of ...

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