NAMI-NYS Executive Director, Don Capone quoted in Capitol Confidential
Users of psych meds fear loss of ‘backstop’
By Rick Karlin
There’s a lot going on in the Assembly and Senate today, with the same sex marriage, rent regulation and property tax caps consuming much of the oxygen in the room. At the same time, there a lot of other bills moving forward, or getting stalled in committee, that are of great importance to distinct groups of people.
Among those groups are those recovering from mental illnesses and this week hasn’t been very good for them, at least so far. As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to redesign and bring more efficiency to the state’s vast and creaky Medicaid system those with psychiatric illness who are on Medicaid will be covered by managed care plans such as HMOs. While that may provide a better level of continuity it is also removing what Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the state Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, termed a “backstop” when it comes to medications such as anti-psychotic drugs or anti-depressants.
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