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|April 26, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Research||
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) just released Mental Health United States, 2010 a comprehensive look at the state of mental health including prevalence, provider coverage, services, and payment trends at both the national and state level. Also in the report are descriptive data on children’s mental health needs and the impact of the 2009 budget crisis on mental health services.
- Approximately 1 in 8 persons in the United States received mental health treatment in 2009.
- In 2009, 11 million, or 4.8 percent of adults in the United States had a serious mental illness (SMI) although 40 percent reported that they did not receive any treatment. Over 25 percent of the 11 million adults with a SMI also reported co-occurring substance dependence or abuse issues.
- Between 1996 and 2008, medication dispensation increased substantially for mental health diagnoses, primarily among antidepressants for adults and stimulant medication for youth. The amount of psychotropic medication dispensed to youth nearly doubled between 1996 and 2008.
- Between 1986 and 2005, spending on prescribed medications increased faster than other mental health treatments.
- Trends in Medicare spending on mental health services indicate it is lower than consumers’ out-of-pocket spending. In 2005, direct spending by mental health consumers was higher than Medicare spending (Medicare mental health spending was approximately $9 billion spent compared to $14 billion in consumer out-of-pocket spending).
If you are in the behavioral health/human services field and are involved in program development, health policy, grant writing or program evaluation this biennial report is a must-have, and is available for download (4 PDF files) at the SAMHSA website.
Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Mental Health, United States, 2010. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4681. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
|September 27, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, News||
Did you miss it? On September 23, 2010, several of the protections in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform legislation passed earlier this year, took effect. In the article, Health Law’s 8 New Changes to Insurance — with 7 Caveats, Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News (of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) outlines these new provisions in broad strokes as their impact on each individual may vary based on current coverage.
Some of the changes now applicable include:
- The end to rescission or the cancellation of coverage due to an illness (except in cases of fraud).
- Adult children, up to 26 years old, may be carried on a parent’s health plan.
- Lifetime dollar limits are no longer allowed.
For up-to-the-minute information on healthcare and healthcare reform, including excerpts from the recent GOP plan to replace this legislation, visit the Kaiser Health News website.
|August 12, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Elderly, Federal Government, Health||
People with Disabilities
Medicaid coverage for people with disabilities is to be expanded by increasing income eligibility limits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities lays out the coverage for low-income persons with chronic conditions in a July 29, 2010 brief here.
Between 7 and 8 million uninsured children will gain health coverage under the legislation including those now in the non-Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). The Urban Institute discusses how the coverage changes will impact children and their parents here.
The Medicare coverage gap begins closing this year when 4 million seniors who previously did not have prescriptions covered receive rebate checks. Details on how seniors benefit from this legislation from are available at Kaiser Health News here.