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Mental Health Cuts; Top 10 States and other State by State Data Released; Medicaid Squeeze is Part of the Crisis

April 7, 2012 Comments off
Source:  National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s mental health crisis is continuing to deepen as a result of state budget cuts and shifts of funds to Medicaid, according to a special report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Examining budgets approved for 2012 by state legislatures around the country, the report documents a total of $1.6 billion in cuts by individual states from fiscal years (FY) 2009 to 2012.
The 10 states with the greatest proportion of cuts in mental health care from FY2009 to 2012 are:
    1. South Carolina 39.3 percent
    2. Alabama 36.0 percent
    3. Alaska 32.6 percent
    4. Illinois 31.7 percent
    5. Nevada 28.1 percent
    6. District of Columbia 23.9 percent
    7. California 21.2 percent
    8. Idaho 17.9 percent
    9. Kansas 12.4 percent
    10. Mississippi 10.4 percent
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