By: John Schmid

November 14, 2018

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"Mental health care continues to be severely underfunded," said Jon Lehrmann, chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

 

Government reimbursements for mental and behavioral health services are 19 percent to 22 percent below payments for conventional medical or surgical care, according to the Seattle-based Milliman Inc. research group. That makes it a struggle for health care providers to justify offering those services even as the same funding imbalance also puts downward pressure on salaries for mental health practitioners.