The criminal justice system is in critical need of services that identify individuals with serious mental illnesses, according to a recently published study of thousands of New York State Medicaid claims.
Researchers with the NYC Mental Health Care Monitoring Initiative used Medicaid data to identify individuals with serious mental illnesses who appeared to not be receiving appropriate services.
Out of 4,300 high needs cases with completed reviews by the Initiative, 50 percent were not engaged in adequate services. “Of these, 75 percent were either in the criminal justice system or lost to care,” according to researchers.
The authors of the study, which was published in the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, noted that even when patients are flagged for having disengaged from mental health services, “providers were able to initiate outreach for only 30 percent.”
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