State Mental Health Program Needs More Funds

Mental health and substance abuse treatment
professionals and patients had something to cheer about for a
change at the General Assembly last year.
Instead of getting squeezed out again, their reform movement got
95 million dollars to help build local crisis services, retain
psychiatrists and improve care.
John Tote, executive director of the Mental Health Association
of North Carolina, says the investment's already paying off.
But a report says it could cost nearly three billion over
the next five years to raise the standard of care for these
patients to the national average and maintain improvements.
That's for a system that already spends more than two
billion annually.