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- Report by mental health providers calls for increase in funding
- Underfunding, increased demands have led to more homelessness, poverty, incarceration and unnecessary deaths
- Pilot studies to test theory that integration of physical and mental health can save costs, expand care
The study, which was commissioned by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, outlines several major changes in the population served since the current managed health care funding model was established in 1997.
Besides the opioid crisis — which resulted in more than 1,700 deaths in Michigan in 2016 alone and tens of thousands of addictions — the increased rates of incarceration of those with mental health needs and autism have caused many more problems within the system and society, the report says.