by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
These are dangerous times for children and adults with mental illness and their families. The economic recession has already devastated services for persons of all ages with mental illnesses in communities across America. Budget cuts continue threaten basic services and treatments. Good programs and services that work to help people regain their lives are at risk.
This morning, as part of the overall jobs bill now pending in Congress, the U.S. Senate voted down a provision to extend each state's federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011.
Without this extension, many states will very likely cut funding for Medicaid, which is the most important source of funding of public mental health services. Millions of Americans rely on this system for their care. They are our co-workers, our neighbors and they are us.
Please help change the Senate's mind. Call your Senators now and ask them to vote to extend “FMAP.” As part of the jobs bill (H.R. 4213). All Senate offices can be reached toll-free by calling 877-210-5351 or 877-442-6801 or through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
You can also send emails from here. Ask them not to pull the rug out from under state budgets that have already been deeply cut, thereby hurting people who live with mental illness.