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Impact of mental health cuts examined by symposium

Posted On Mon, October 17, 2011

A recent decision from multiple organizations will create The Mental Health Hope Symposium, which will raise awareness of possible federal and state-level budget cuts of various mental health services.

States have already trimmed $1.8 billion in mental healthcare services from budgets across the United States. This forces organizations such as hospitals, police departments, prisons, homeless shelters and schools to pick up where the government left off, the report explained.

"We've convened this group to inform decision makers on Capitol Hill about the consequences of slashing mental health funding," said Linda Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. "Cutting budgets for mental health simply results in higher costs to other sectors of society."

The goal of the symposium is to remind lawmakers at all levels about the need for such healthcare options, and to add these programs into future legislation, the report added.

Health insurance rates could increase significantly if federal assistance is cut down. Consumers who are concerned about this may want to compare quotes to find something more affordable. 

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