From medication to supported employment, services can help people with mental disabilities realize their aspirations and potential. At the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, we advocate for robust systems of services that give people choices and help them live in their own homes, find meaningful work, and participate fully in their communities.
To fund these services, there must be adequate financing for public systems--for instance, through Medicaid and Medicare--and adequate coverage for those who rely on private insurance. Health care reform must address the needs of people with mental disabilities, including underserved groups such as children and older adults.
Lack of access to needed services has left thousands of people with mental illnesses confined in jails and prisons. This needless waste of human potential must end. Assertive community treatment, supportive housing, early intervention and diversion programs are critical parts of the solution.