Navigation Links
Mental health woes grow while spending declines
Date:7/15/2010

Waltham, MAAs the current global economic crisis drives up the demand for mental health care services, cash-strapped agencies are slashing mental health budgets, according to a new Brandeis University study out this month in the International Journal of Mental Health. However, while most nations are cutting spending, a handful of countries are earmarking funding to meet the anticipated growth in mental health problems.

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. His paper appears in a special issue of the International Journal of Mental Health focused on how recessions affect the prevalence and treatment of mental illness.


'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Gardner
gardner@brandeis.edu
781-736-4204
Brandeis University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Moms Mental State Influenced Kids Well-Being After 9/11: Study
2. Study implicates new epigenetic player in mental retardation and facial birth defects
3. Experimental obesity drug avoids brain effects that troubled predecessors
4. Mental Health Woes Plague Cyberbullies and Their Victims
5. Abused children appear likely to have mental disorders as young adults
6. Adolescent cyberbullies and their victims may have physical, mental health problems
7. Threats of Global Warming Spark Environmentalists to Create Global Warming Survival Center
8. Study shows short-term kidney failure in heart patients may not be as detrimental
9. Experimental nonsteroidal treatment of asthma shows promise
10. National Council Applauds Rep. Tonko for Seeking Strict Enforcement of Mental Health Parity Law – July 1, 2010 Deadline Approaching
11. Green And Greener Survey Shows Hospitals Embrace Environmentally Sustainable Practices, Though Room for Improvement Remains
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles”: a ... to the fullest, as God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks ... pursuing her passion for writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , Published by ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The physicians of KSF ... the greater Houston Area. The new location is located at 2255 E. Mossy Oaks ... Springwoods Village. This newest location will provide patients living in the north Houston area ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... Convention Center at 10 North Broadway Avenue, will be an educational and exciting ... practical instruction in the management of chronic pain. , Oklahoma is in a ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... 82% of adults are unaware of the dangers that infectious ... their teeth the minimum two times a day that dentists recommend. The ramifications of improper ... hours of school and adults missing 164 million hours of work each year due to ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Benefits delivery trailblazer, ... app and centralized benefits dashboard solving one of the top frustrations in employee ... For the first time, employees can access up-to-date information and account balances for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 Newborns are highly ... most vaccines because their young immune systems typically ... Children,s Hospital report achieving strong vaccine responses in ... model before human trials — by adding compounds ... In two simultaneous papers, they also describe improved ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  The goal of the pilot is ... track prescription drugs as they are distributed in ... requirements from US FDA to better protect consumers by ... Blockchain startup Chronicled, which links the ... blockchain technology and recently raised $6.25M, and the LinkLab, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES ... FRA: 8IS) Invictus MD announces that AB Laboratories Inc. ... its licensed production facility under the Access to Cannabis ... Hamilton, Ontario . The facility, ... October 2016, is currently operating at half capacity, with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: