Initial state budget numbers reveal a potential boost in mental health funding, a relief in lean times.
Either amount is heartening.
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Both the Senate and House want to “address current and projected wait lists for community mental health services for adults and children,” one of the biggest issues to fix.
State mental health hospitals get bogged down and overwhelmed with people needing mental healthcare, and community mental health hospitals don’t fare much better.
The state should consider immediate ways to address mental health issues, like treatment availability at hospitals, while putting together a long-term plan.