Mental health and wellbeing are foundational to our ability to succeed as individuals and as a nation, but challenges with stigma, access to, and coverage for mental health services present significant barriers to better health. The vulnerability of coverage gains made through Medicaid and private insurance reforms make sharing information about the personal, social and economic impact of mental illness and opportunities to reduce that burden increasingly important.
The human and economic toll of mental health is too often overlooked as a priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that only about 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in a state of optimal mental health. There is a great deal that can and must be done to reverse these trends and information on the burden of under-treated mental illness can encourage change.
A recent study conducted by IHS Markit and commissioned by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), has found that chronic mental health conditions are increasingly prevalent and burdensome across the U.S. and if not addressed could cost up to $3.5 trillion by 2030 - $3.4 trillion in medical costs and another $140.8 billion in societal costs. The research has a focus on state-covered populations and found that 41 percent of adults with state-funded coverage, or 15.9 million U.S. adults, have at least one mental health condition. The IHS/PFCD research also estimates that in addition to lessening the human burden of poor mental health, the potential savings in medical and societal costs could amount to $22.8 billion per year, or $342 billion by 2030.
Opportunities for change that could confront these challenges are many, and we invite you to join in a web discussion among some of the key thought leaders on the state of mental health both on the federal level and in the states and care models, policy changes and opportunities as well as resources available for advocates working for change.
- Randy Rutta, Board Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
- Rebecca Farley David, MPH, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health
- Andrew Sperling, JD, Director of Legislative Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Debbie Plotnik, Vice President, Mental Health & Systems Advocacy, Mental Health America
Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.