Hearing Testimonies Tout Benefits of Mental Health–Primary Care Integration

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss mental health treatments and services. Witnesses from various healthcare, mental health, and law enforcement agencies discussed the progress they had seen and further steps needed to address the problem of mental illness in America.

 

A common theme throughout the testimonies was the need for more funding to strengthen the depleted behavioral health workforce. The individuals testifying argued that by allocating funds for prevention and early intervention, governments could actually save money. With a focus on more efficient treatments and solving the underlying conditions that cause mental health crises, unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations could be prevented.