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Summary: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Mental Health Services In Michigan

Community Mental Health Service Programs provide mental health services for Michigan residents across the state. Many persons with mental illness use the public system since many private insurance plans do not adequately cover mental health services and many residents cannot afford these services on their own. In recent years, a reduction in funding from the state government’s General Fund has resulted in fewer Michigan residents receiving mental health care services. There are people who would benefit from services but are currently not receiving them. Specifically, those on waiting lists for services, those who have a long-standing un-met need, and residents who have historically received mental health care services but are no longer receiving them due to budget cuts. The Michigan Association of Community Health Boards retained Anderson Economic Group (AEG) to conduct an independent analysis of the costs and benefits of providing mental health services to all Michigan residents who need them.

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