The Number of People in Need Continues to Increase;
State Budget Must Adequately Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Services
An increasing number of people are in need of mental health and substance use services. One in five adults has a mental illness, and 60 percent of these individuals also have a substance use disorder. These are illnesses that must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible and as consistently as possible – just like any physical illness.
Yet, it is becoming more difficult for individuals to receive services, especially for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents as the community-based mental health and substance use system is about to transition to a Fee-for-Service reimbursement system.
Fee-for-Service rates for several services will not cover the costs. As a result, providers will not be able to serve as many individuals and some will close programs altogether. In fact, unless these rates are increased significantly, tens of thousands of individuals across the state will lose services that have enabled them to make great progress toward wellness and recovery.
Click here to hear directly from individuals who receive services how valuable the services have been for them and how the loss of services would be devastating for them or their family members.
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