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Cost and Benefits of Investing in Mental Health Services in Michigan

Many Michigan residents do not have adequate access to mental health services. An important contributor to this problem is the lack of funding available to pay for services. Given the current budget situation in Michigan, state general funding for community mental health services has declined and providers are having to ration available funds for emergency cases. This is leaving a segment of the population without mental health care when they would benefit from such services.

The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards retained Anderson Economic Group to conduct an independent analysis of the costs and benefits of providing mental health services to all who need them in Michigan. This report focuses on adults and children with mental illnesses while acknowledging that other populations, including persons with developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders, would also benefit from increased funding for services. Since Medicaid, the state managed health care program for families and individuals with low income or resources, is funded mostly by federal dollars and serves persons with developmental disabilities, this report focuses on mental illness where a majority of the funding comes from state General Fund dollars.

For a two-page summary of the report, please click here.

For the full report, please click "View PDF" below.

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