2016 Candidate Questions

  1. Medicaid is the most important state program for mental health care because it provides a broad array of recovery-oriented mental health services, some of which are not available through other types of coverage. Current federal law allows Medicaid to be available to uninsured people based on income alone. What are your views on making Medicaid available for uninsured households up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line?
  2. Public mental health programs provide vital services, including crisis response, psychiatric hospitalization, and intensive services and supports to children and adults who are uninsured or who need services not covered by private health plans.What will you do to provide stable and adequate funding for public mental health programs?
  3. With federal rules for mental health and substance use parity now in effect, it is crucial to make sure that health insurance plans fully comply with federal and state requirements to provide equal access to care.What are your plans to make sure that health insurance plans comply with parity requirements for mental health and substance use care?
  4. Only one in five adults receiving public mental health services is employed. Most want to work and employment services have been developed and proven to meet their needs. Yet these services are only available to a tiny fraction of those who could benefit.What will you do to increase access to effective employment assistance to help people with mental illness return to work?
  5. Lack of appropriate and affordable housing is one of the most significant barriers to recovery for people with serious mental illness.What will you do to address housing needs for people with mental illness?
  6. Too many people with mental illness are in our criminal justice systems, often due to untreated mental illness. Our jails and prisons are now the largest psychiatric wards in the nation, housing well over 350,000 inmates with mental illness.What will you do to reduce the numbers of people with mental illness in our criminal justice systems?