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  • Vermont one of few states to have increased mental health budget last three years

    first_imgRhode Island$6.3+7.4%3 STATEChange$ MillionsPercentChangeRank by% Change Kansas$18.9-16.4%7 South Carolina$40.5-22.7%3 tied Indiana$3.6-3.0%26 tied About NAMINAMI 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.  Wisconsin$107.1-22.4%4 STATEChangeMillionsPercentChangeRank by% Decrease Illinois$113.7-15.1%9 ARLINGTON, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New Mexico$0.9-2.0%30 D.C.$44.2-19.1%5 New Hampshire$8.8-8.5%19 California$587.4-16.3%8 New Jersey$5.3-0.7%31 Alabama$12.3+2.5%13 North Dakota$2.9+4.4%7 Wyoming$3.1-2.9%27 INCREASES FY 2009-2011 Colorado$10.2-6.7%21 Nevada$39.2-17.3%6 Washington$34.5-11.0%14 Connecticut$17.7+2.6%12 Alaska$47.9-35.0%2 Michigan$24.5-7.9%20 North Carolina$58.5+20.9%2 Two thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years’even though need has increased because of the nation’s economic distress and troops returning home from war, according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).Seventeen states managed to increase mental health budgets during the same three years. For 10 of them, the increases totaled four percent or less.”State mental health cuts are a national crisis,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.  “Some states are trying to hold the line or make progress, but most are cutting deep. This stands in contrast to the intense national concern about the mental health care system following the Arizonatragedy two months ago.”State Lists and DataThe report can be downloaded at www.nami.org/budgetcuts(link is external).  State-by-state tables appear in the appendices. A summary of decreases and increases appears below listing the total change in dollars, percentages and rank.In all states, the budget squeeze is getting worse in part because of the expiration of enhanced federal Medicaid support in June 2011. Oregon, for example, which increased mental health by $57.4 million over three years, will lose $156 million because of the expiration.The report focuses primarily on non-Medicaid mental health services, which are financed with state general funds and provided through state mental health agencies. It is the part of the mental health system that state legislatures have the most control over.”Cutting mental health means that costs only get shifted to emergency rooms, schools, police, local courts, jails and prisons,” Fitzpatrick said. “The taxpayer still pays the bill.”Mental health cuts mean that clinics, crisis centers and hospitals close. Admissions are frozen. Emergency room visits increase. Where services remain, staff is cut, wait times for appointments are stretched and when people finally are seen, it’s for shorter amounts of time.”Cuts mean people don’t get the right help in the right place at the right time. Communities suffer and families break under the strain. Some people end up living on the street or dead.”The report makes five priority recommendations:Protect state mental health funding and restore budget cuts, but tie funding to performance.Maintain adequate numbers of inpatient beds for psychiatric treatment.Invest in research on early detection and intervention in the treatment of serious mental illness in youth and adults.Implement mental health screening and assessment programs.Support programs designed to educate families, peers and the public about serious mental illness and how to respond to people living with mental illness.”Decisions need to be made carefully rather than simply cutting for cutting’s sake. If done right, the state budget crisis can still be turned into opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick.DECREASES FY 2009-2011 Pennsylvania$33.8-4.7%22 Georgia$2.0+0.5%16 Tennessee$16.8-10.1%15 Idaho$5.3-11.4%12 tied Utah$10.4-11.4%12 tied Louisiana$11.8-2.8%28 Minnesota$2.8+1.4%15 Oregon$71.0+23.2%1 Maryland$26.2-4.0%23 West Virginia$9.5+6.6%4 Oklahoma$4.8-2.3%29 Massachusetts$63.5-9.3%16 Ohio$57.7-11.3%13 Kentucky$193.7-47.5%1 Maine$10.4+5.2%6 Hawaii$27.2-12.1%11 New York$132.0-3.5%24 Iowa$15.2-8.9%18 Missouri$16.5+3.7%10 Montana$2.6+2.1%14 Nebraska$4.2+3.9%9 Arkansas$4.2+5.9%5 Virginia$38.5-9.1%17 Florida$1.2+0.2%17 Arizona$108.4-22.7%3 tied Mississippi$38.6-14.7%10 Vermont$4.5+3.0%11 South Dakota$1.8+4.0%8 Texas$27.6-3.0%26 tied Delaware$2.4-3.1%25last_img read more

  • $100 is too much for borrowers

    first_imgThe majority of Queensland borrowers can only bear a small change in interest rates before they are tipped into mortgage stress.Comparison website Finder.com.au have released survey results showing 55 per cent of Queensland mortgage holders would be financial stressed if home loan repayments rose by just $100 per month.Finder said this is equivalent to an increase in the average home loan rate of 0.45 per cent based on the national average mortgage of $360,600.The result was mirrored across other states with New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australian all recording 59 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to find the extra $100 per month.In South Australia, a whopping 71 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to deal with the increase.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoBessie Hassan, a money expert at Finder, said the results show many borrowers have overextended.“The typical mortgage holder would be in trouble when interest rates got back up around 5.28 per cent,” she said.“That’s a pretty small window before borrowing costs start to hurt.”Ms Hassan said some owner occupiers were getting into huge housing debt at record low interest rates, but it wouldn’t take much to be in the red.She said given major lenders have already announced out-of-cycle interest rate increases, borrowers at their limit need to consider their options.“The reality is borrowers have overextended themselves if it only takes a $100 leap in repayments for more than half of all homeowners to reach their tipping point.”last_img read more

  • Improved Jangoo rues inability to reach triple figures

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Trinidadian Amir Jangoo says he is disappointed at failing to notch his maiden first class hundred, despite twice flirting with the landmark during the current first class championship.The left-hander, who plays for Leeward Islands Hurricanes, fell for 90 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the sixth round and also perished for an identical score in the seventh round against Guyana Jaguars.“I studied the opposition and their bowlers,” the 22-year-old told the Express newspaper here.“Obviously, I knew Trinidad and their bowlers, having been on the same team as those guys in the past. So I think I had a good understanding of my game and what I had to do going into the match, and I just had to execute on the field.”He added: “It was disappointing not getting triple figures because those two innings came when the team was in very bad positions and getting to triple figures would have helped the team even more, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be as yet.”Jangoo has scored three half-centuries overall this season en route to 373 runs at an average of 31 from his 12 innings. Last season, he featured in just three matches for his native Red Force, managing only 92 runs.His best season came in 2017-18 when he gathered nearly 500 runs for Red Force with three half-centuries.After a slow start to the current season, his consistency has gradually improved and Jangoo said that was down to becoming more knowledgeable about his own game.“I am not really changing much with my batting,” he said.“But I understand my game better and [I am] understanding more about batsmanship in terms of 50-over and four-day cricket, so I really think it has helped me improve my game.”Having joined Hurricanes, Jangoo has found himself playing alongside the likes of West Indies players Alzarri Joseph, Rahkeem Cornwall and Kieran Powell.And as the only “foreign” player, Jangoo said he was aware of the pressures to produce sustained performances.“I think it is just a relaxed environment. Obviously as an overseas player getting picked for another team, you always have to perform, so there is that added pressure,” he pointed out.“I think the franchise understands that so I guess I just have to go out there and do what I have to do and once I do my part, everything else will take care of itself.”Jangoo has a career average of 28 from 22 first class matches.Hurricanes have struggled this season and currently lie bottom of the table with a single win from eight matches.The championship was last week suspended for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more