ISSUE: ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS for MENTAL HEALTH and SUBSTANCE ABUSE
STATEMENT: Access to medications is critical for people with serious mental illness and addiction. Due to research in the last decade, new medications have been developed that can have better outcomes and fewer side effects for individuals with serious mental ill-ness and addictive disorders. Studies have shown that by cutting costs in the area of mental health and substance abuse medications, states have spent more money on even more costly services such as crisis care and hospital services for the long term. Most importantly, quality of life for individuals is impaired and the individual may not fully recover to the functioning level that they had achieved before switching medications. Use of medications or procedures to reduce the risk of addiction or diversion for illicit activity from treatment is also critical.
Mental Health America of Indiana will work to ensure that persons with mental illness and addictive disorders have access to the most appropriate medications, whether they are pro-vided by Medicaid, DMHA, DOC, local jails, private insurance, or by any other payer source or in any other treatment setting. MHAI will also work to reduce the diversion and misuse of addiction medications.
PRIORITY LEVEL: I