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Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2014 Jun;37(2):73-5. doi: 10.1037/prj0000042.

A national campaign to finance supported employment.

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1
Hogan Health Solutions LLC.
2
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.
3
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Abstract

Medicaid is now the main payment source and financing mechanism for services for adults with serious mental illness. Services formerly paid with state mental health funds have been converted to Medicaid, lightening the burden on state budgets affected by recession and other factors. The change has allowed states to maintain community care and inpatient services (in general hospitals). Medicaid service benefits include clinic and inpatient care, case management, and some rehabilitation services. But using Medicaid to finance some high-priority services such as supported employment has proven difficult. Now critical changes in Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act allow states to amend their Medicaid State Plans to provide more flexible services to people with serious mental illness. Advocacy and support may be needed to encourage this step. A national campaign to finance supported employment would join various stakeholders in the field, including professional organizations, family and service user groups, and organizations representing service providers. The authors of this editorial pledge their energies to support this campaign. They present suggestions for a campaign, including building a coalition, goals and targets, and online resources.

PMID:
24912056
DOI:
10.1037/prj0000042
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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