Mental health facilities face new challenges as federal funds dry up
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Health care providers and advocacy groups are calling for federal funding to be restored for mental health facilities that have been closed due to the opioid crisis.
The Obama administration has closed hundreds of mental health centers, while at the same time allowing states to close more.
The Trump administration is set to sign a sweeping new executive order that would allow states to shut down hospitals that do not comply with federal law.
The new order would also require the Trump administration to allow states the ability to impose a moratorium on new hospital construction, according to the groups.
The White House has said the Trump order would allow for the closure of a total of 12 hospitals.
The move comes as federal funding for mental illness treatment has dried up and has prompted many states to consider the option of closing their hospitals.
In 2018, the Obama administration closed more than 1,400 mental health care facilities, according a Washington Post analysis.
In 2020, the Trump team cut federal funding by $100 million.
However, in 2021, the administration also cut funding for treatment programs for people with mental health conditions by $1.4 billion.
The American Psychiatric Association and other mental health experts have warned that the Trump move could lead to more suicides and increase hospitalizations among people with a mental illness.
“The impact of these policies will be felt by all Americans, including people with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse,” the American Psychiatric Society said in a statement.
Health care providers and advocacy groups are calling for federal funding to be restored for mental health facilities that have…
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