Dr. Fred Osher: We Need Better Funding for Mental Health Services
The New York Times
By Fred Osher, Director of Health Systems and Services Policy at The Council of State Governments Justice Center
The answer is not simply to build more psychiatric facilities, but rather to fulfill the promise of deinstitutionalization by providing effective treatment and supports in the least restrictive setting.
Unfortunately, many people do not have access to proven interventions. Too many people have no health insurance; there have been too many budget cuts to treatment dollars, and there are too few providers available to deliver care. These obstacles should lead to a call to action, not a call to further confine people with mental illness.