Mental Health Cuts: NAMI Corrections

Mar 15, 2011, 15:08 ET from National Alliance on Mental Illness

ARLINGTON, Va., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued corrected figures for the report State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis, which was published on March 9, 2011. Changes have been made in the on-line report at www.nami.org/budgetcuts.

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Between fiscal years 2009 and 2011, Kentucky increased spending on mental health by $5.4 million, representing a 3.0 percent increase. Instead of ranking first among states that cut mental health, Kentucky ranks 11th along with Vermont among those that increased.

During the same period, Wisconsin increased spending on mental health care by $5.8 million or 1.2 percent. Instead of ranking fourth among states that decreased mental health, Wisconsin ranks 16th among those with increases.

Both changes affect the ranks of other states, which have been corrected in Appendix II of the report.

In the case of Kentucky, the state changed one budget category into two between 2009 and 2010, which contributed to an error in interpretation. In the case of Wisconsin, one budget category was inadvertently omitted in the calculation.

NAMI regrets both errors.

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NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.

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