New Model to Help Mentally Ill Patients under the Affordable Care Act

New Model to Help Mentally Ill Patients under the Affordable Care Act

"The tragedy, the health disparity is that people with serious mental illness, their average lifespan is 25 years shorter than that of the general population," said Scott Rose, Way Station CEO.

FREDERICK, Md. - Thousands of people suffer with mental illnesses but the severity of its long term effects has been ignored.

"The tragedy, the health disparity is that people with serious mental illness, their average lifespan is 25 years shorter than that of the general population," said Scott Rose, Way Station CEO.

That is where the Way Station comes in, a nonprofit organization helping those with mental illnesses for several years.

And having a mental illness can be costly, numbers that only create a burden on the patients.

"Way Station's pilot has a specific target of 16 percent off trend reduction of medical costs. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now rolling out this model throughout the state to serve 15,000 individuals," said Rose.

In response to the Affordable Care Act, the new model will serve more than 20,000 individuals with disabilities.

Maryland will be one of the early adopters of this innovation, leading the way in improving health and reducing medical costs.

One speaker who suffered from mental illnesses throughout his childhood spoke out, thankful for the help he has received from Way Station.

"Food, medicine, a doctor, a psychiatrist therapist, everything I needed. A little bit of pocket change," said David Weiss, speaker at the event.

With the support of several foundations, Way Station has formed medical homes for more than 700 low income adults with mental illnesses.

Way Station currently serves more than 3,000 individuals in five Maryland jurisdictions.




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