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Some States Have Axed Mental Health Funds, Report Finds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katrina Belcher   
Monday, 14 March 2011 14:55

According to a report by Reuters reported March 9, two out of three states have made deep cuts in general fund spending on mental health care in the past two years.

Additionally, in a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), two-thirds of all states slashed non-Medicaid mental health funding. NAMI examined the budgets of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its analysis. States that cut the most are: Kentucky (47 percent), Alaska (35 percent) Arizona (23 percent), and South Carolina (23 percent).

"Cutting mental health means that costs only get shifted to emergency rooms, schools, police, local courts, jails and prisons," said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI's director. "The taxpayer still pays the bill."

A few states bucked the trend by increasing spending on mental health over the same time period, including Oregon (23 percent), North Carolina (21 percent), and Rhode Island (7 percent).

What this means is that local community organizations that provide mental health services will need to take up the slack and provide for those patients who have now fallen through the cracks. And in order to to so, most will likely need to obtain grant funding to acccomodate the increase in patients.

For help, you can access SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.


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