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Demand Up Yet Funds Drop for Mental Health Care

Demand Up Yet Funds Drop for Mental Health CareThe global economic crisis has increased the demand for mental health services. However, monetary woes have caused many agencies to prepare to drop mental health budgets.

Still, some nations are setting aside funds for the spike in demand.

The topic is discussed in a special issue of the International Journal of Mental Health focused on how recessions affect the prevalence and treatment of mental illness.

In the U.S., public spending on mental health services occurs primarily at the state and local levels.

According to study author Dominic Hodgkin, associate professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, states and counties are now cutting this funding to deal with their budget crises.

One survey found that 32 state mental health agencies reported budget cuts in 2009; on average, the cuts tallied 4.9 percent of the budget.

The programs most affected by the cuts were inpatient adult services, clinic adult services, inpatient children’s services, clinic services for children, and targeted case management services for children, according to the survey.

Medicaid payments for mental health care have also been affected because states have some discretion to change their Medicaid programs.

One report found that thirteen states have reduced Medicaid payments to providers, and 14 have eliminated coverage for some treatments. Hodgkin said that it is likely that the current cuts, made on top of earlier cuts, are affecting the delivery of core services.

Globally, mental health services have also taken a hit, despite stimulus plans implemented in many countries. Nevertheless, said Hodgkin, there are a handful of bright spots.

The UK has designated stimulus money specifically for treating workers who have lost their jobs and are suffering anxiety and depression as a result. The plan includes training 3,600 psychotherapists and hundreds of specialized nurses to be deployed to counseling centers.

Also, in China, Hong Kong’s health authority is reportedly increasing psychiatric training for doctors and nurses, specifically in response to recession-related mental health disorders.

“The recession poses formidable challenges for mental health services in the coming years,” said Hodgkin.

“While there are encouraging signs here and there of enlightened responses from governments that recognize the value of mental health services, in most countries, spending is being cut dramatically.”

Hodgkin advised more systematic tracking of need and spending on mental health services, to enable policymakers to identify problem areas and good ideas for responding to recessions.

Source: Brandeis University

Demand Up Yet Funds Drop for Mental Health Care

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Demand Up Yet Funds Drop for Mental Health Care. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/19/demand-up-yet-funds-drop-for-mental-health-care/15740.html

 

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