Mental Health Budgets Suffer from Decreasing Funds
Mental illness is a reality that is staring down at the world; one of the biggest causes of people suffering from such conditions, is stress. These diseases happen to inflict everyone, from teenagers to the elderly. However, government cutting back expenses on mental illnesses by a whopping $1.8 million has made it more difficult for people to avail of services to help with such conditions.
It needs to be pointed out that a tally of budget cuts carried out by NAMI had reported that 32 American states and Washington D. C. had reduced their expenditure on mental health drastically. The spending cuts came at a time when people required more of such services as they had either suffered at the hands of home foreclosures and job layoffs.
According to the statistics available, the Californian government had brought down funds by a massive $587 million, which was approximately 16% of its total expenses. However, the cuts implemented by California are not even near to the cuts for Kentucky, as the state had brought down expenses by 47%, over the last two years.
Talking about the budget reductions on mental health, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, Tom Startling, said that Tennessee should not even contemplate of travelling down the road that Colorado, Texas and Kentucky have ventured on. The state has already suffered a lot at the hands of unwanted cuts to the Department of Mental Health.
He opined that the problem in Tennessee is not about the closure of wards and the only inpatient unit for children; but, the cause of concern is that the government has failed to draw its attention towards implement cheaper prevention tools, early intervention and provision of peer support groups.
The situation looks grim as a story carried out by AP has reported that Tennessee might close down health programs and drug abuse facilities in a bid to make savings amounting to $15 million. It needs to be pointed out that Tennessee had received a C in March 2006; the grade further went down to D in 2009.
Times ahead for people suffering from mental illnesses are bound to get worse and it can only be hoped that the mentally ill are able to wade their way through this storm.