Deriving service costs for a clubhouse psychosocial rehabilitation program

Alexander J. Cowell, David E. Pollio, Carol S North, Andrew M. Stewart, Michelle M. McCabe, Donald W. Anderson

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This article (a) discusses "function cost," a concept to estimate costs where consumers are involved both in delivery and receipt of services; (b) develops a methodology for costing service units for psychosocial rehabilitation clubhouses; and (c) presents a case study of a clubhouse program. Using function cost to estimate the value of member time leads to costs being on average about 10% higher than when using opportunity cost. Because the case-study clubhouse is typical in key dimensions, the methods used here appear generalizable to other programs and should have utility for other rehabilitation-based services for individuals with mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-340
Number of pages18
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Clubhouse
  • Cost analysis
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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