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Feds commit $100 million to improve mental health services

Although mental health issues might manifest differently than a physical medical condition, they often have the similar impacts on a person’s life. Dealing with a mental illness might mean that some people are unable to maintain employment, even from a very young age, which can make it very difficult to have access to necessary financial and health-related resources.

In terms of receiving financial support, Supplemental Security Income could be an option for people living with a mental condition who don't have a work record. Applying for and receiving these benefits can provide much-needed relief from financial stress.

For many people, however, receiving SSI benefits alone doesn't address the issue of receiving health care. According to a statement from Vice President Joe Biden, more than half of children and adults with mental conditions do not receive necessary treatment.

This startling fact accompanied the administration's announcement that $100 million would be dedicated to bolstering mental health services and facilities throughout the country. A big part of this, of course, is broadening access to treatment.

More specifically, half of the pledged funding will specifically be focused on mental health care in rural areas. As such, Tennessee residents who live less-populated parts of the state might be able receive the mental health treatment they need, but have so far been unable to receive.

For quite some time, mental illnesses have been misunderstood. With greater attention being paid to mental conditions, the hope is that a broader acceptance of these medical concerns is reached. This is another important step in providing critical support and stability to those who are living with a mental illness.

Source: Disability Scoop, "White House Pledges Millions For Mental Health," Shaun Heasley, Dec. 11, 2013

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