Dangers of Budget Cuts on Mental Health Care

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Continuing budget cuts on mental health care create negative and detrimental impacts on society due to increased improper care for mentally ill, public violence, and overcrowding in jails and emergency rooms. Origins, of mental health as people know it today, began in 1908. The movement initiated was known as “mental hygiene”, which was defined as referring to all things preserving mental health, including maintaining harmonious relation with others, and to participate in constructive changes in one’s social and physical environment (Bertolote 1). As a result of the current spending cuts approaching mental health care, proper treatment has declined drastically. The expanse of improper care to mentally ill peoples has elevated harmful threats of heightened public violence to society. Funding for mental health care comes from various sources. States typically derive the larger amount of their funds from Medicaid and state general funds that are administered by state mental health authorities. In 2007, 46% of funding was through Medicaid, and 40% of funding was through state general funds (Honberg et al. 2). Overall, states consistently assemble their budget from state general funds, federal Medicaid, federal block grants, and private grants (Honberg et al. 3). States obtain many services that fall under mental health care, and that treat the mentally ill population. These range from acute and long-term hospital treatment, to supportive housing. Other effective services utilized include crisis intervention teams, case management, Assertive Community Treatment programs, clinic services, and access to psychiatric medications (Honberg at al. 6). These services support the growing population of people living in the... ... middle of paper ... ...Concept of Mental Health." World Psychiatry (2008): 113-16. Www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. PMC. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. Cooper, Donna. "Cuts to Mental Health Services Could Lead to More Spree Killings." American Progress. Center for American Progress, 31 July 2012. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. Fisher, Nicole. "Mental Health Loses Funding As Government Continues Shutdown." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 10 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. Honberg, Ron, Sita Diehl, Darcy Grutatardo, and Mike Fitzpatrick. State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis. Rep. National Alliance on Mental Illness, 9 Mar. 2011. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. Jojic, Dr. Mirjana. "Will Budget Cuts Threaten Mental Health in Your State?" ABC News. ABC News Network, 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. Lippman, Daniel. "State Mental Health Cuts Hit Low-Income Patients Hard." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 19 Sept. 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.

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