Coalition Group Outlines 28-Point Road Map For Better Mental Health In The U.S.

by Jon Henshaw

Mental health in the United States has consistently experienced budget cuts, and rising costs. As a consequence, many people have been adversely affected by the inability to afford treatment, and the unavailability of treatment options. A 16 group organization, called the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, has put together a 28-point road map for improving mental health in the U.S.

Families should be allowed to buy into Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance plan for the poor, to get access to treatment for their children.

“Medicare unfortunately discriminates against people with mental illness by requiring higher co-payments for mental health outpatient care. That could be fixed,” Konigsberg added.

The groups, including several national mental health advocacy organizations, said they were acting on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report, released in 2003.

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