The cost of caring for the mentally ill is staggering.
While mental health experts have long argued that the cost should be borne by the government, many in the mental health field say the system isn’t working and the government is making no effort to fix it.
Now, The American Council on Aging and the National Association of State Mental Health Directors are calling for a federal government takeover of the mental hospital system, saying it’s out of control and costing too much.
The group says the federal government should pay for the costs of psychiatric hospitals to be managed by local governments and to pay for new mental health programs.
“These facilities are overstretched, understaffed, and underfunded,” said Dr. David J. Cohen, executive director of the American Council for Aging.
“There is no reason that the federal governments cannot play a more substantial role in this situation, as a responsible actor, by providing a comprehensive, coordinated approach to addressing the mental illness crisis.”
This would involve “providing the resources needed to ensure that the care of the mentally unwell population is delivered in an efficient, efficient and effective manner,” the council said in a report released Friday.
The report also called on Congress to set up a commission to oversee the state and federal governments’ role in mental health, and for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish a system for reimbursing hospitals for their costs.
The mental health system “is the worst-run in the country, and the federal health care system is woefully inadequate to meet the challenges of the epidemic,” Cohen said in the report.
“The federal government has not taken the steps necessary to improve the system, and we believe the federal Government needs to step up and take the lead.”
Mental Health Care and the U.S. Military While mental illness is a serious problem, it doesn’t have to be a burden for the military.
A 2016 study by the Center for American Progress found that the U of M’s military health system is one of the safest in the U-S, with only 1.5 percent of patients requiring hospitalization.
The U of S military also has the highest percentage of active duty military personnel receiving mental health services.
The military’s overall rate of suicide is just 0.2 percent.
In comparison, the national average is 5.2 per 100,000 people, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Cohen also said the U has one of “the most robust and efficient mental health systems in the world” and that its system has made a “positive contribution to our military, veterans, and our society.”
But there are several other reasons the U should take control of the system.
The American Medical Association, for example, has warned for years that “a federal takeover of mental hospitals could put lives at risk.”
The U.K. also recently approved a plan to privatize some mental health and mental health related services.
While it’s a long-shot, some in the military say the U could get more bang for its buck by turning the health care over to private companies, like one in the Czech Republic.
The United States already has the largest mental health infrastructure in the United States, with more than 1,200 hospitals and 1,400 mental health centers.
“We’re not going to have the capacity, or the capacity to get the care we need, if we’re just going to continue to run these things on a government-owned or privately owned system,” said Cohen.
“That’s not the way to go.”
Mental Illness and the Military In the early 2000s, President George W. Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which gave the president the authority to transfer all federal civilian and military mental health benefits to private businesses.
But it wasn’t until a few years later that the bill came up for a vote.
During the 2010 election, Republicans in Congress introduced the Mental Health Services Act, which included a provision that gave the Department of Defense the authority over “the mental health needs of the Armed Forces.”
That provision was defeated.
The bill was later reintroduced in the Senate and passed by a vote of 67-33, but the legislation never got to President Obama’s desk.
In January 2018, President Trump signed a new version of the NDAA.
It gave the military the power to sell off the services of the national mental health facility, which would be transferred to private health care providers.
However, the provision was only effective for two years, and it expired in 2019.
The Obama administration, however, pushed through the bill by passing an executive order in April 2019 that allows the military to sell “any facility that performs mental health treatment” to private entities.
This was not a done deal, and there are some indications that it could be repealed if Congress doesn’t act.
The Trump administration has also suggested that it would allow the sale of a facility to a mental health provider to be used for private treatment.
The move is controversial among veterans groups, and one former Marine Corps officer said the move