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State Budget Crisis Headlines

March 2012

Nashua Telegraph, 3/6/12: Statewide mental health forum gives NH failing grade for lack of progress

February 2012

The Miami Herald, 2/22/12: Here’s crazy: Reducing money to treat mental illness in Florida

November 2011

ABC News, 11/10/11: Will Budget Cuts Threaten Mental Health in Your State?

Kaiser Health News, 11/10/11: States Cut Mental Health Budgets As Demand Increases

Associated Press, 11/10/11: 28 states, DC cut $1.7B in mental health funding

Associated Press, 11/7/11: Advocates fight cuts for mental health in Illinois

September 2011

NPR, 9/13/11: Calif. Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

APNewsBreak, 9/7/11: NC misses mental illness deadline

August 2011

South Charlotte Weekly, 8/4/11: Medicaid enforcement could push out thousands of mentally ill

July 2011

Radio Boston, 7/21/11: Study: Psychiatric Care Difficult To Find In Boston (radio broadcast)

MPR News, 7/13/11: Shutdown forces mental health crisis programs to cut services

June 2011

Washington Post, 6/24/11: Virginia must stop turning away its neediest patients

New York Times, 6/17/11: A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

New York Times, 6/16/11: As Number of Medicaid Patients Goes Up, Their Benefits Are About to Drop

KCUR 89.3 FM, 6/8/11: Doing More With Less: Mental Health Centers Experience Strain, 6/7/11: 'Streeting'

April 2011

Omaha World-Herald, 4/26/11: Midlands Voices: Proposed change to Medicaid would hurt our vulnerable citizens

Des Moines Register, 4/22/11: Senate OKs bill to start mental health reform in Iowa

NPR, 4/13/11: Mentally Ill Languish in Hospital Emergency Rooms

March 2011

The Post and Courier, 3/24/11: Make Sure Cuts Save Money

January 2011

The Rundown News Blog, 1/17/11: State Budget Cuts Slash Mental Health Funding

The Star Tribune, 1/5/11: 95,000 poor Minnesotans will get Medicaid


San Antonio Business Journal, 10/18: Texas' mental health issues could take an economic toll (Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI)

The Charlotte Observer, 10/15: State hasn’t come to grips with mental health woes (Gerry Akland, NAMI Wake County)

The Seattle Times, 10/13: 500,000 adults in Washington could lose prescription-drug coverage


KOMU (Missouri), 9/20: Mental Health Care System Works Through Budget Cuts (Cindi Keele, NAMI Missouri)

San Antonio Express-News, 9/15: Don't use ax to balance budget

WMSV (Nashville), , 9/15: State Faces More Budget Cuts Next Year (Sita Diehl, NAMI)

The Dallas Morning News, 9/2: Austin rally protests proposed state cuts in community-based health care (Robin Peyson, NAMI Texas)


The Dallas Morning News, 8/25: Proposed cuts would slash services for poor, mentally ill, other Texans in dire need (Robin Peyson, NAMI Texas)

Sacramento Business Journal, 8/27: Mental health care on edge

Lincoln County Journal (Missouri), 8/24: Zweifel calls for $127 million package for Missourians suffering from mental illness

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/19: Funding has declined for Waukesha-area homeless shelters

The Sacramento Bee, 8/19: Mentally ill woman must plead guilty to get transferred from Sacramento jail, DA says

News on 6 (Oklahoma), 8/10: Effects of Cuts to Mental Health Services Impacting Law Enforcement

R&D Magazine, 8/5: State cuts to mental health services continues disturbing trend

World Socialist Web Site,8/4: South Carolina budget cuts hit health care, education

The State Journal-Register (Illinois), 8/3: Quinn trims state budget again

July 2010

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,7/21: Better community services can aid mental health fix

Disability Scoop,7/20: States Slash In-Home Care For People With Disabilities,7/19: As economy takes toll, mental health budgets shrink (Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI)

TheOregonian,7/14: Oregon's mental health system isn't built to help someone teetering between health and illness (Terri Walker, NAMI Multnomah)

The Charlotte Observer, 7/11: Psychiatric care strained (David Rains, NAMI Mecklenberg)

Austin American-Statesman,7/8: Mental health programs hit hard in proposed budget cuts (Robin Peyson, NAMI Texas)

Arizona Daily Star, 6/30: Families, hospitals, police will feel cuts in mental-health services

June 2010

The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), 6/22: Patients, families relieved that Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital will stay open (Phil Lubtiz, NAMI New Jersey)

The Bakersfield Californian, 6/18: Mental health cuts endanger patients, the public

The Charlotte Observer, 6/17: Treatment unit’s closing sparks outcry (Gerry Akland, NAMI Wake County)

The Nonprofit Quarterly, 6/15: Nonprofits and the State Budgets: Problems Loom Nationwide

The Charlotte Observer, 6/13: Soaring demand strains CMC psychiatric hospital (Bob Evans, David Rains, NAMI North Carolina)

The Journal Gazette (Indiana), 6/6: Jail like a ‘mental institution’ (Kathleen Bayes, NAMI Fort Wayne)

The Florida Times-Union, 6/2: Mental health: Foster treatment and prevention

May 2010

Statesman Journal, 5/26: Lawmakers told of state hospital woes (Chris Bouneff, NAMI Oregon)

San Antonio Business Journal, 5/21: Mental health officials say Texas’ needs exceed funding (Mike Fitzpatrick, Ron Honberg, NAMI)

The Oregonian, 5/13: Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen releases 'breather' budget with $5.4 million shortfall (Terri Walker, NAMI Multnomah County)

April 2010

Star Tribune(Minnesota), 4/29: Minn. Senate outlines budget cuts for health (Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota)

Public News Service (New Hampshire), 4/26: Groups to Gov: Don't Cut Mental Health Services from State Budget (Michael Cohen, NAMI New Hampshire)

The Boston Globe, 4/26: Spread responsibility (Toby Fisher, NAMI Massachusetts)

The Newark Advocate, 4/26: Mental health and recovery board seeks levy

The Chicago Tribune, 4/26: Mental health services in a bad state

The Palm Beach Post News (Florida), 4/26: Budget almost settled: State workers lose free insurance, get no raises

MissouriNet, 4/26: Dept. of Mental Health making significant changes for the sake of the budget

Public News Service (New Hampshire), 4/26: Groups to Gov: Don’t Cut Mental Health Services From State Budget

Times-Picayune (Louisiana), 4/24: Speak up for mental health in budget (Nicholas Richard, NAMI St. Tammany)

Daily Vanguard (Oregon), 4/16: Take your medication

St. Louis Today, 4/15: The hidden costs of untreated mental illness
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The Advocate (Louisiana), 4/14 : Budget ‘shift’ in mental health backed

StatesmanJournal (Oregon), 4/6: Governor rejects hospital oversight

March 2010

The Roanoke Times, 3/20: State cuts may cripple mandated reforms

Bloomington Pantagraph (Illinois), 3/16: Mental health service providers on Quinn's chopping block

San Francisco Examiner, 3/15: Budget cuts put strain on city's mental-health services

Greenville News, 3/15: S.C. budget cuts shift care of mentally ill to families, communities

Idaho Statesman, 3/15: Idaho cuts hit state mental hospitals

News on 6, 3/14 Mentally Ill Fear Loss of Services Due to Oklahoma Budget Cuts (Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI)

Minnesota Public Radio, 3/10: Budget shortfall leads state mental health programs to cut 200 positions (Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota)

The Arizona Republic, 3/10: Judge OKs a pause in state mental health case

The Arizona Republic, 3/9: No ruling in mental-services case

Daily Breeze (California), 3/8: Mental health program endangered

Lake Expo, 3/7: Social service agencies fear impact of state budget cuts

San Jose Mercury News, 3/7: It's not just the Capitol: Billions in red ink drowning California's cities, schools and counties, too

Longmont Daily Times, 3/7: Human services cuts hit home

The Washington Post, 3/7: Virginia's backsliding on mental health care promises

Los Angeles Times, 3/6: Overtime pay may be putting a dent in state's furlough savings

San Antonio Express, 3/2: Budget cuts shouldn't include mental illness safety net

Greenville Daily Reflector (North Carolina), 3/1: Mental health cuts, reforms leave frustration

WJTV (Mississippi), 3/1: Advocates Fear Impact Of Mental Health Cuts (Bill Kehoe, NAMI Mississippi)

February 2010

The Orlando Sentinel, 2/28: My Word: Mental-health aid at risk

The Tennessean, 2/27: Fight back on TennCare cuts

The Omaha World-Herald, 2/27: Clarinda included in proposed cuts

The Tennessean, 2/14
Guest editorial: Challenges are getting worse

Rutland Herald (Vermont), 2/13: Expert decries lack of progress on mental health

The Tennessean, 2/8
Tennessee's mental health cuts deepen

January 2010

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 1/28
An Update on State Budget Cuts Governors Proposing New Round of Cuts for 2011; At Least 43 States Have Already Imposed Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents

Orlando Sentinel, 1/26
My Word: State is failing its mentally ill

The Free Lance-Star (Virginia), 1/22
State cuts threaten aid to mentally ill

The Independent Record (Montana), 1/20
Don't cut mental health services

Greenville News (South Carolina), 1/18
Bill Lindsey: Untreated mental illness carries huge hidden cost

Examiner (Washington, DC), 1/13
Budget slashes loom as Va. Lawmakers return to work

Disability Scoop, 1/12
States Shift Financial Woes to People with Disabilities

Kaiser Health News, 1/11
Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Plans Health Cuts; News Outlets Report On Medicaid Funding Issues

The State (South Carolina), 1/10
$59 million cut from Mental Health

San Francisco Chronicle, 1/9
Gov plans deep cuts to programs, and fed help

WCHS 6 (Maine), 1/7
NAMI Maine asks for moratorium on proposed cuts

The Washington Post, 1/6
Mental Health Cuts Could Affect Okla. Communities

Chicago Tribune, 1/6
Federal funds ease anxiety at South Side mental health agency