Reject the proposed cuts to Case Management Services that help those most in need in Tennessee.
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The Bureau of TennCare has submitted a proposed budget to the governor, which includes significant cuts to Level 2 Case Management for Adults. The proposed cuts would be a devastating loss to residents struggling with a serious mental illness. The changes proposed would limit Level 2 Case Management services only to individuals being discharged from a hospital or from a crisis stabilization unit, and even these clients would have access to case management for only a limited amount of time. If these cuts are enacted, they will have a significant impact on the services many of our most disabled & seriously mentally ill clients have learned to depend on & have benefited greatly from over the years.
The cuts shave $10.5 million in state spending, savings that mental health care experts say will be short-lived. The case management services save Tennessee about $86 million a year, according to Middleton, by keeping people out of hospitals and other crisis situations. "If these folks are not getting care, they will end up in the jails, they will end up in the hospitals and they will end up being homeless," said Ben Middleton, chief operating officer of Centerstone.
What is Case Management?
Case management is defined as those services that are necessary to coordinate an optimum life style for the targeted consumers. Mental health case management is a supportive service provided to enhance treatment effectiveness and outcomes with the goal of maximizing resilience and recovery options and natural supports for the individual. Mental health case management is consumer - centered, consumer focused and strength based, with services provided in a timely, appropriate, effective, efficient and coordinated fashion. It consists of activities performed by a team or a single mental health case manager to support clinical services. Mental health case managers assist in ensuring the individual and their family has access to needed services.
Why did I start this petition?
I have been working at Centerstone, a community mental health center, as a therapist for four years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider. I am deeply concerned about how the proposed cuts will harm my clients who are the most at risk. I have seen firsthand how crucial case management services are for those most in need. Case management helps keep people from being homeless, incarcerated, and in psychiatric hospitals. It gives them the resources they need to be able to function in the community. I am afraid for my clients whom I care deeply about. I am also afraid for our state as a whole, as cutting supportive and preventive services will only cost more in the long run.
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