One in five Texans experience a mental health condition each year. Half a million Texas children have a serious emotional disturbance. More than two-thirds of people with a behavioral health condition get no treatment for that condition.
Workforce shortages, limited funding and insurance/treatment barriers create obstacles to accessing appropriate behavioral health care. The result is that adults and children in Texas with behavioral health needs increasingly rely on clinically inappropriate settings, such as hospital emergency departments, to receive needed behavioral health treatment. To improve the behavioral health care system and improve access to care, the Texas Hospital Association supports:
- Health care coverage for low-income individuals with behavioral health conditions.
- Funding for behavioral health care that is commensurate with the need for community-based and emergency inpatient services and covers the actual costs of providing care.
- Increasing access to community-based services to help individuals better managed behavioral health conditions in lower acuity care settings and reduce reliance on impatient hospital beds.
Additional information on THA’s behavioral health policy priorities is available here.