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.
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