Many behavioral healthcare providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of Medicaid expansion in some states. But they are worried about whether underfunded and understaffed mental health centers will be able to serve the flood of new clients.
Officials at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network and AspenPointe in Colorado say they have noticed an uptick in the number of Medicaid patients. The Mental Health Center of Denver reported that calls increased from 2,030 in January to 2,156 in March, compared with 1,500 in March of last year. LifeLong Medical in Berkeley, Calif., said that in the past six months, it has seen about 10% more visits than in the same period a year ago.