Behavioral health matters because it affects everyone – not only the one diagnosed. It even goes beyond friends and family to include community and society.
According to the National Academy of Science, almost 30% of American adults have either a mental health or substance abuse disorder. California should explore the development of a new payment approach that recognizes the cost of managing the care of patients who have interacting medical and behavioral health conditions as most patients with severe medical conditions also experience mental health problems. California should also explore investing in programs to expand and diversify the clinical workforce to improve service to our underserved communities.
Educate the public that a behavioral health condition is a disease similar to cancer and diabetes.