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Should The United States federal government increase public health services for mental health care?

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Started: 5/4/2014 Category: Health
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P1: Mental illness is an important public health problem in itself"about 25% of U.S. adults have a mental illness"but also because it is associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

P2: Commitment on the part of the Federal government, State governments, communities, public- and private-sector providers, insurers, researchers, consumers, and family members to work together toward a single vision: the day when all adults with serious mental illnesses and all children with serious emotional disturbances live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.

C: The United States federal government should substantially increase public health services for mental health care in the United States.


Findings may have led to the discovery mental illness and it's association with chronic medical diseases like those mentioned. But if those chronic medical diseases were to be treated, so will the mental disease associated to. It is crucial for the communities along with government to work towards that "single vision" but there isn't a need for a substantial increase in public health services for mental health care. There are other ways to address the concern for mental health care.

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P1: Public health agencies can incorporate mental health promotion into chronic disease prevention efforts
P2: Treatment for mental disorders is already available and effective

In conclusion, the United States federal government should not increase public health services for mental health care because there is no need to increase services for issues that are already being addressed.
Debate Round No. 1


One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major
depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. In recent years, the worst recession in the U.S. since the Great Depression has dramatically
impacted an already inadequate public mental health system. From 2009 to 2011, massive cuts to
non-Medicaid state mental health spending totaled more than $1.8 billion dollars. And, deeper cuts
are projected in 2011 and 2012. States have cut vital services for tens of thousands of youth and
adults living with the most serious mental illness. These services include community and hospital
based psychiatric care, housing and access to medications. To make matters worse, Medicaid funding of mental health services had also made cuts in 2011. The temporary increase in federal funding of Medicaid through the stimulus package ended on June 30, 2011. Medicaid is the most important source of funding of public mental health services for youth and adults, leaving people with mental illness facing the real threat of being cut off from life-saving services. Communities pay a high price for cuts of this magnitude. Rather than saving states and communities money, these cuts to services simply shift financial responsibility to emergency rooms, community hospitals, law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities and homeless shelters. State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis Massive cuts to mental health services also potentially impact public safety. As a whole, people living with serious mental illness are no more violent than the rest of the population. In fact, it is well documented that these individuals are far more frequently the victims of violence than the perpetrators of violent acts.


According to A 2008 study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that serious mental illness costs the U.S. economy $193.2 billion dollars per year in lost earnings. That amount doesn't account for other associated costs, like the cost of incarcerations.
With the U.S. economy in crisis, health care budget cuts are rampant yet these cuts need to be accepted. Agencies providing that aid to improve record keeping and data collection so they can be a more powerful lobbying force. If these cuts on mental health care then agencies, people in need, and advocates should prove how and push for an increase in mental health care services. The United States should not substantially increase public health services while the U.S. economy is in crisis. These mental health issues should be addressed only when necessary.
Debate Round No. 2


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