A recent report released by the White House outlines the Administration’s ongoing investment in prevention, early detection, treatment of and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. The report notes that these investments have helped to realize President Obama’s National Drug Control Strategy first released in 2010.
Thanks to effective implementation of various federal health laws, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), the number of individuals receiving treatment for mental health and substance use disorders has grown by 25% to 60 million people since 2010. In addition, the Obama administration continues to provide funding to fight the growing prescription opioid and heroin overdose crisis, which costs the United States more than $400B annually. In particular, $920M in federal funds have been directed to states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.
The Margolin Group (TMG) believes that robust laws improving access and affordability to a suite of behavioral health services coupled with community-based treatment and support programs can significantly improve health outcomes for patients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
In Rhode Island, for instance, TMG worked with Care New England Health System, Butler Psychiatric Hospital, The Providence Center and its subsidiary, Continuum Behavioral Health, and the largest health plan in the state of Rhode Island, to launch a community-based, highly-customizable mental health program called HealthPath. This program has been expanded to provide support services to individuals with substance use disorders, and since its inception, has helped to improve health and reduce total medical costs for individuals across the state.
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