The Safety Net of Mental Health Treatment - Already "Shredded" and Getting Worse
Half the states in the U.S. reduced their state hospital beds between 2009 and 2011.
Alaska cut mental health spending 35% between 2009 and 2011. South Carolina, Arizona and Wisconsin cut it between 22 and 23%.
California served 130,000 fewer people through its state mental health agency between 2007 and 2009.
No region has been spared from deep treatment cuts.
And things are about to get worse.
Lawmakers need to hear that, in this environment of constraints, the case for implementing the proven and cost-effective alternative of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for severe mental illness only grows stronger. To get started -