State Cuts $48.2 million In Mental Health Funding

A new report shows North Carolina's cuts to mental health budgets are some of the highest in the country.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness report released Thursday shows, between the 2011 and 2012 fiscal year, North Carolina cut $48.2 million.

Across the nation, 28 states and the District of Columbia cut nearly $1.7 billion from their mental health budgets since the 2009 fiscal year. Among the other 22 states, mental health budgets increased about $487 million, though NAMI cautions that spending has been offset by legislatures' funding cuts to Medicaid, the largest public payer of mental health care.

The organization's executive director says the net result of these huge budget cuts is fewer services, longer waiting lists and crowded emergency rooms.


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  • by Ripley2010 Location: Good ole Charlotte on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Currently in NC,the unemployment rates is higher, taxes are higher, future job growth much lower, current job growth a great deal less. Mental health services offer waiting lists and drugs instead of therapy, so where's are higher taxes going? Ask Raleigh leaders, maybe they know!
  • by Beachbum3 on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    I personaly can fore see more such incidents as that happened at campbell university this week an next time around it could end in something like what happened in the virgiinina tech incident several years ago . an especially in light of all of the concealed carry hand gun permits an the activision of the N.R.A. trying to make it where every one is armed an dangerous these day just in order to benefit the gun lobbyist in this country an the arment companys that will be losing sale of weapons when the end of these current wars come to an end. mental defect an hand guns an weapons sale to the mentaly defective in my estimation do not go together. so why not reinstutie the laws to help the metally defective an protect society in general from the effects of hand guns an weapons to the metally defective that well could use them to destroy many many many many lives in a very short time frame thank you
  • by Do What on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    Cut off all of the money to these crooks.They have been milking the state dry based on false and make-believe diseases.If you wiggle your nose you have a mental illness.These mental witches need to be shut down!!!Stop lying on people and killing innocent children,especially with your poison.
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      by uh on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:30 PM in reply to Do What
      What is an example of a make-believe disease for which mental health funding has been billed? I'm curious about your clinical insight on this.
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        by ADHD on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to uh
        Let's start there. It was never heard of because parents told their children stop it and finish what you started or you do get to go to the movie, ball game etc. Now the gimedats have found a kid whose DR says he has adhd gets $650.oo in SSI. And as a child ofparents like that I quickly learned that before I could do something, I had to finished whatever I was already involved in. One toy out at a time and that it was not socially acceptable to run around screeching in public places like Texas Roadhouse. It is called manners. There was no OCD diagnosis. Children were disciplined.
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          by uh on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:07 PM in reply to ADHD
          I've never heard of a child qualifying for Supplemental Security Income based on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a different diagnosis from ADHD, but it has shown up in psychiatric literature since at least the 1800's, so you'll have to excuse me: how old are you? Further, are you insinuating that mental health's pathology is the result of child rearing?
  • by US-First Location: Greenvile on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    I think if you read more carefully you will see the cut is estimated since we still have 6 months to go into the 2011 to 2012 budget year. Also comparison to other states is apples to oranges given that they compare to 2009 from other state budget cuts. Its a story meant to cause discontent. It wasn't enough to just write "The state estimates it will have cut 48.2 million in mental health programs by the end of the 2011 - 2012 fiscal year". Which is the only fact that matters.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    "State Cuts $48.2 million In Mental Health Funding"..this has nothing to do with the federal program or "Obama Care". The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act improves a Medicaid state option for home and community based services for people with disabilities, including those with serious mental illnesses. I believe your beef is with the state of NC as per the headline.
  • by Ron Location: Pitt County on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Right, Anonymous, let's blame this on Obama. I think it was a Repug-nican legislature that made thos cuts, not Washington
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      by Beachbum3 on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:37 PM in reply to Ron
      Question? why does the republican thugs tink that the people in this state are totaly fools an they done relized exactly who is the ones that are totaly responsibly for the cutting of state government services to the state taxpayers an all the while every incresing fees an other thing on the working class in this state an reducing the size of state government that is only menat to serve the citizens instrest. is it only due to the fact tha these repbulcian thughs in the state legisture are only concerned with their contiuning efforts to protect the richest among us an their coporate an sppecial instrest buddies for that is all the republican has every stood for in the first place in this country . they have been totlay obstuctionist to the current president an his adminstrations. an if i have got sense enought to see this fact i feel sure that there are many more in this state that can see it as well an come 2012 election cycle the stae voters will show thewse republican thugs that they see it as well than you
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    "fewer services, longer waiting lists and crowded emergency rooms." Sounds like the "hope and change" of Obamacare has already started.
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      by factsarefun on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:50 AM in reply to
      Don't blame obama...blame your Republican state legislators.
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        by US-First on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to factsarefun
        This is Obama... he owns it. He has set the tone and the mood of this country. His and the democratic parties policies and the threat of his policies yet to take effect cause these reactions by business, markets, banks, health care, state legislatures, Tea Partiers, Occupiers, 3rd world countries, Arab Springs, Muslim Brotherhoods, old allies, new friends... you name it!
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          by Barlow on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to US-First
          If there is any "tone" that has been set it is from the Party of NO. Again, nothing to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Individuals with mental illnesses will now have access to health insurance that covers mental health and substance abuse services on a par with the coverage of medical and surgical care. Those who cannot afford insurance will qualify for subsidies that will help them pay for it. Insurers will have to meet certain requirements, including covering people regardless of any pre-existing condition.
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          by Ripley2010 on Jan 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to US-First
          Wow... what a short memory Americans tend to have. Ever heard of Bush's mental health reform? Maybe I missed the memo that stated Obama signed on to that bill. Historically republicans have always found the poor and mentally ill to be expendable. I really thought that was common knowledge by now. If efficient resources were offered for mental health, maybe, just maybe, the ill would recover and be able to contribute more. Ever think of that?
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:07 AM
    Hope and change. Phlattttttt. I have a 20 year old with a disability. When born my wife and I, moreso I had this odd revelation of how kids my age were institutionalized. Kids were born and never seemed to cross thresholds of a home but went right to state hospitals ETC. Having raised this child into 20's with rarely any indepth services. I would like to know just where the cuts are. HOW BOUT IT WITN? Maybe a blow by blow report. If it is top end salaries I am for it. But these "citizens" need speech therapy many need physical therapy. I really do not care what column the dollars come from. BUT less home care will turn into budgets needed for "inpatient facility type care"! Pay parents that want to parent. OR Pay RN's, CNA's etc; "their salaries". Just which do you think is more efficient and budget wise? Rant = ON / OFF ;-)
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