Access, integration top priorities for adults with mental illness

November 2011
State Health Watch;Nov2011, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p9
The article focuses on the need of Medicaid beneficiaries with mental illnesses for better integration of physical and behavioral health care under Medicaid. According to professor Michael B. Friedman, barriers for adults with serious mental illness include shortages of housing and inadequate outreach efforts. It notes that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's behavioral health integration program.


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