ISSUE: MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITALS
STATEMENT: Indiana’s commitment to the provision of mental health care is stated in the Constitution. This commitment has historically taken the form of serving large numbers in state hospitals to now serving individuals in the least restrictive setting, with only a small proportion served in state institutions. However, Indiana must insure that consumers of mental health and addiction services have access to the full continuum of care, including inpatient psychi-atric services. The state must also insure the quality of these services and whenever appro-priate, ensure that they are evidence-based.
MHAI will advocate to ensure access to appropriate and quality services. Specifically, MHAI will work to ensure that an appropriate, evidenced-based, continuum of mental health services, including addiction services, are provided by appropriately credentialed personnel for current patients and individuals for whom long term services are appropriate. The Association will advocate for the provision of services in the least restrictive setting and the appropriate use of inpatient beds. Adequate funding must be made available and all dollars generated from potential efficiencies must be reinvested in the mental health system. Evaluation measures must be put into place with appropriate metrics tied to performance and payment.
PRIORITY LEVEL: III