Press on NAMI Mental Health Cuts Report
See this AP story on a NAMI report that is getting a lot of play. The story begins:
Modest increases in some states' mental health budgets have done little to erase massive cuts nationwide over the past three years and a reduction in Medicaid funds, according to a report to be released Thursday by the nation's largest mental health advocacy group.
All told, the Washington-based National Alliance on Mental Illness found, 28 states and the District of Columbia have cut nearly $1.7 billion from their mental health budgets since the 2009 fiscal year.
Among the other 22 states, mental health budgets increased about $487 million, though NAMI cautioned that spending was offset by legislatures' funding cuts to Medicaid, the largest public payer of mental health care.