There was a very disturbing revelation in the media that State of Washington tops the list of teen suicides and it has been the statistics for the last three decades . Among the top causes sited were , substance abuse , poverty and of course mental health issues
Behavioral health facilities have always been found lacking in tackling mental health issues . There has been a drastic cut in Federal funding since 1981 . In the face of ever increasing demand , specialized help is never ever received in time and specialists are far and few in between as the compensations are not very great as compared to other specialities .
EMR and meaningful use has been enforced so that there is a better justification of federal funding and medicare and medicaid payments . Physicians are incentivized and now there is a direct association of physician’s efforts to indicators of patient’s physical health .
But such aggressive measures are not seen in Mental health . A bill has been introduced in the House of Representative in summer of 2015 for linking meaningful use to Medicare and Medicaid payments but its implementation has not been seen in a wide spread manner
Behavioral health needs more funding as physical health is incomplete without mental health. A mentally disturbed society has very tragic social ramifications .