Infographic: How State Budget Cuts Are Impacting Mental Healthcare Services

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

State mental healthcare budget cuts have caused an increase in emergency room visits for patients seeking mental health treatment with a total of 5.5 million patients seeking care in these facilities each year, according a new infographic by the Cummings Institute.

The $38.5 billion it costs hospitals to take care of these patients could be significantly reduced by integrating mental health professionals within the ER and hospital settings. The infographic looks at the impact of these budget cuts and looks at possible solutions.

Behavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care.

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