We talked on March 15 about the accumulated cuts of $55 million to mental health services in Massachusetts since 2009, more than any other New England state. Yesterday, I tried to verify on-line how much Massachusetts spends per capita on mental health, compared to the other New England states. Recent facts were scarce, but the SMHA (State Mental Health Agency) expenditures per capita for 2009 showed this info:
New Hampshire: $138.17
Rhode Island $107.19
If our state has reduced its Mental Health budget for services more than any other New England state, given these numbers, we’re in pretty bad shape.