On July 1st the state cut funding support for 12,000 mental health patients who do not qualify for the state's Medicaid program. In fiscal 2008, the state put $127 million into caring for adults who are deemed seriously mentally ill but not poor enough to qualify for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and federal funding. For the coming fiscal year, the budget is $62 million. Those affected will be expected to cope with their illnesses, without most of the services that have been in place for decades.
Mental Health & Mental Illness