(October 26, 2017) New York, NY. Today, President Donald Trump announced a plan to end the Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion for substance abusers. According to DJ Jaffe, author of Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill and Executive Director of Mental Illness Policy Org, “This plan will force more mentally ill into homelessness and turbocharge the mental illness-to-jail pipeline.” Under the Trump plan, hospitals with more than 16 beds still won’t get Medicaid reimbursement to treat people who are seriously mentally ill, but will get reimbursed to treat substance abusers. Hospitals will therefore kick the non-reimbursable mentally ill out to make room for reimbursable substance abusers. This federal government should end the IMD Exclusion for all. That will help keep patients healthier and the public and police safer.
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