Mental Health Advocates Call on Senate for Better Care | Mike For Utah

A National Football League player joined mental health experts and elected officials at a Senate committee meeting to push for improved access to comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, noted that despite the $75 billion spent on mental health services across Medicaid and Medicare in 2014, almost four in ten Americans with serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, did not receive treatment, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “Patients and their advocates say the national mental health system has been drowning for a long time not from flood waters, but from neglect,” Hatch said, during the late April hearing.

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