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Ohio's Grade on Mental Health Services Drops to "C"

The National Alliance on Mental Illness dropped Ohio's grade by a full letter to "C" in its most recent review of services available to residents with mental illness.

NAMI Ohio Executive Director Jim Mauro says Ohio's infrastructure for delivering services is cracking, and services are more difficult for people to obtain

Mauro says about 20% or two million Ohio residents have mental illness, but only 500,000 are severely impaired by disabilities including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Mauro raised some of the points raised in the national review in a recent letter to Governor Ted Strickland. He called for prioritizing services to Ohioans with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI); fewer restrictions on access for those with SPMI to atypical antipsychotics and other mental health medications; and development of a tiered Medicaid benefit package that provides the appropriate level of care for individuals with mental health disorders.

For more information, please go to www.namiohio.org or www.nami.org