Washington State Mental Health Services: Cost Offsets and Client Outcomes

Dec 2003 |
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The Washington State Mental Health Services Cost Offset and Client Outcome Study examined Medicaid claims, mental health treatment, and mortality data for aged, blind, or disabled clients who had a mental illness diagnosis in their medical records at some point between July 1998 and June 2002. The study examined the effects of publicly funded mental health care on medical costs and mortality. Adult aged, blind, or disabled clients on Medicaid who received publicly funded mental health treatment had lower subsequent medical costs and a reduced risk of death compared to clients diagnosed with mental illness who did not receive mental health treatment.

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