Budget Cuts and Mental Health: 10 Most Dire States

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness about how state budget cuts are impacting mental health coverage across the nation. In the past two years, $2 billion has been cut from state mental health coverage nationwide, and more than half of all states have cut community health services as a result. At the same time, job losses and economic stresses have increased the need for these same services. NAMI is placing particular emphasis on how this fall’s elections may further influence the situation in each state.  The organization has compiled a list of the top 10 states hurt by mental health budget cuts and is tracking media coverage of the issue.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Austin


    September 25th, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Tracking the media coverage of it? What media coverage? Nothing has been said where I live.

  • Karina


    September 26th, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    It surprises me that there was no such thing as a ‘buffer’ money or fund that was kept aside for emergency purposes that could have been used in a situation like this. I have read a lot about how much they are cutting on such spending due to the recession, but don’t we have an emergency fund…?

  • Maddie


    September 26th, 2010 at 6:28 AM

    When there are budget cuts that seriously affect our healthcare that we are all to receive that’s sad. Who makes the decisions about what gets cut and what does not? Obviously these are the lawmakers who have enough money to never have to worry about using funding from government coffers. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky.

  • Joseph.G


    September 26th, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Its almost as if all that could possibly go wrong HAS gone wrong, and also at the SIMULTANEOUSLY. I have not experienced it myself but feel really really sad that there are lots of families out there who are struggling due to multiple problems like job losses and no aid to fall back on. This seems like the worst time to be one of those families. God bless them all.

  • elvin.T


    September 27th, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    budget cuts are a necessary evil…we all hate them but they are pretty inevitable…the government is making the cuts for a reason, it would not do so if it could sustain the funding, would it?!

  • Molly D

    Molly D

    September 27th, 2010 at 5:01 AM

    I have a fear that I live in a state with some of the worst cuts, but with some of the biggest issues yet to be addressed and solced. Going to look at the list right now, and then when I get confirmation of what I already know, I think I will ply the annoying constituent all day long with phone calls and emails to the “lawmakers” who seem to think that cutting budgets here is a wonderful idea.

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