New Jersey has some of the nation’s best mental health care systems.
And the state’s leaders say the state has a big advantage in providing mental health services that are affordable, effective and effective.
But they’re facing some challenges as they try to provide these services.
As the New Jersey Legislature considers a budget for the first time since the Great Recession, some Republicans have called for cutting mental health funding.
That has led to the state not having enough money to treat patients, according to the Mental Health Coalition of New Jersey, a coalition of providers that represents many of the state-run mental health facilities.
“The funding that is available is not adequate to care for the people that need it the most,” said the coalition’s president, Karen McKean.
The state has been using a federal grant program to help pay for some of its mental health needs.
That funding has been used for about 1,500 beds in hospitals and state-funded mental health centers, but it is not enough.
New Jersey is now the only state without a dedicated mental health center in every county.
The group wants to see the state use federal dollars to build a mental health facility in every borough.
“I think the reality is that there is an enormous gap between what we need in terms of funding, and what is available,” said McKeaan.
In New Jersey about 10,000 people have a mental illness, and some of them may need to stay in a hospital for months or years because they don’t have the money to go to other types of care.
But McKeaman says New Jersey also has the highest rate of people in mental hospitals in the country.
A study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that about one in three adults with a mental disorder in the United States has been in a mental hospital in their lifetime.
New Jersey is among the states that are among the most expensive to treat, according a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released this week.
The state spends about $20,000 a year on mental health, and the average bill is $13,000, according the report.
The coalition is asking the state to set aside $6.5 million in federal funding to build the mental health building, which is expected to cost $12.5 billion.
They also want the state, as a condition of the grant, to start providing care at state-licensed mental health hospitals, such as Bellevue Hospital in Washington, D.C. The coalition has filed a lawsuit to block the state from accepting the funding.
The Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected a similar request for a federal health care funding package, saying the state already has enough funding for mental health in its health system.
McKean says that if the federal funding isn’t included, the federal government won’t be able to provide adequate care to patients and providers.
“There’s a tremendous gap between the funding we need and what we have available,” she said.