Oklahoma’s mental services suffer cuts

State financial troubles leave care for some patients in limbo
By Sonya Colberg

A huge question looms for Susan Boehrer. And she figures she has particular insight, because mental illness plunged her daughter into more than 400 days of hospitalization

Mental health budget cuts may affect schools, jails

About $17 million has been cut from mental health and substance abuse budgets, so far.
By Sonya Colberg

What’s being cut

Along with serving 70,000 Oklahomans, the Oklahoma Department of mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Mentally ill face extra-long ER waits

Psychiatric patients who need hospitalization wait for hours in emergency departments for admission because hospitals are dropping mental health units and beds are scarce, a new survey says.

Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System

To view the whole article about IPF-PPS, visit www.cms.hhs.gov

Effective January 2005, §124 of Public Law 106-113, the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999, required implementation of the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) for psychiatric services