We are in a Crisis
As a result of the continued economic downturn, states and the federal government have cut billions of dollars in mental health care funding over the past several years.
The outcome is a loss of access to mental health treatment and services for countless Americans, as well as increased costs to local governments, social service organizations, schools, and the justice system. And far too often, cuts also mean a loss of hope for the individuals and families battling mental illness.
Concurrently, the mental health community is facing a period of uncertainty.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act has required federal and state governments to issue regulations over the next few years that will impact both providers and recipients of mental health care for decades.
Mental Health Community Rallies Together
With the threat of further cuts and expectation of significant regulatory changes, leading organizations in the mental health community have united to increase awareness of the need to protect patient access to quality care and treatment.
As part of their collaboration, The Mental Health Hope Symposium: Lost Dollars, Lost People, Lost HOPE was formed to bring together and educate congressional leaders and their staff, mental health leaders and other related professionals on the state of mental health care.
Alarming Mental Health Care Statistics
By 2020, behavioral health disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.
Of the more than 6 million people served by State mental health authorities across the Nation, only 21 percent are employed.
More than half of adolescents in the United States who fail to complete high school have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.
Between 2009 and 2011, states cumulatively cut more than $1.8 billion from their budgets for services for children and adults living with mental illness.
In 2009, there were an estimated 45.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with any mental illness in the past year. This represents 19.9 percent of all adults in the U.S.1
Serious mental illnesses cost society $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
The annual total estimated societal cost of substance abuse in the United States is $510.8 billion.
In 2008, an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 and older in the United States had a serious mental illness. Learn More at http://mentalhealthhope.com/about.php