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Alabama To Close Most Hospitals For Mentally Ill: Pros and Cons | Care2 Causes

Alabama To Close Most Hospitals For Mentally Ill: Pros and Cons | Care2 Causes

Alabama will shut down most of its hospitals for the mentally ill by May of 2013. While there has been a national movement to relocate those with mental illnesses from state-run hospitals to group homes and private hospitals, Alabama’s announcement has occurred at a time when the state is in dire financial straits. As the New York Times reports, Alabama has been reducing state funding for mental health services by 36 percent since 2009, the second highest rate in the nation; in 2013, financing will be reduced by an additional 25 percent, or $29 million. According to the Birmingham News , it costs about $140,000 to care for an individual in a hospital, but $60,000 in a community-based setting. In addition, Medicaid will reimburse the Alabama Department of Mental Health for most of the costs of community care, but not for patients in state facilities. Four hospitals for the ...

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