ISSUE: MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION FUNDING
STATEMENT: By all accounts, there are many more persons in need of services from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction up to 200% of poverty level, than are receiving services. SED children and individuals with addictive disorders have the greatest deficits. It is im-perative that the budget for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction be increased for community services. The gap that currently exists between the need and the services pro-vided has left the system in need. Still, the total budget for State Operated facilities as com-pared the community mental health is well above the national average. MHAI supports re-directing funding to community based services when community services are most appro-priate.
Mental Health America of Indiana will work to ensure that mental health and addiction ser-vices are appropriately funded through the DMHA budget and any other funding oppor-tunity.
PRIORITY LEVEL I