Harvey Rosenthal writes about improving behavioral health care
The following editorial originally appeared in the Albany Times Union on Feb. 22, and is reprinted with permission by Harvey Rosenthal. One of the most important considerations facing state budget makers this year lies in how to reduce costs and improve the care of "high cost, high needs" people with ongoing and serious mental health, substance use and medical conditions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right to address concerns about both the cost -- these groups use 15 times the amount... []
States Pushing Managed Long-Term Care For Elderly And Disabled Medicaid Patients
Some states have turned to managed care companies to provide home-based to reign in Medicaid costs. For some this might be advantageous. What will it mean for people in recovery from a mental illness for whom community-based services offers choices and opportunities for reintegration? Read the story from Kaiser Health News, and tell readers of MIWatch if this seems like a strategy that would be appropriate for people receiving Medicaid or Medicare for their psychiatric disability. []

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