Health care reform efforts in the United States seek to ensure appropriate access to mental health care, to deliver it efficiently and effectively, and to allocate scarce resources wisely. RAND Health studies the effect of these reforms, different programs for preventing and treating mental illnesses, and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices.
Taking periodic breaks from marijuana use or avoiding using marijuana before work or school may be important protective strategies for young veterans who choose to use marijuana to cope with symptoms of PTSD.
Funding from California's special tax for mental health services has allowed Los Angeles County to reach the seriously mentally ill and those at risk for mental illness with services and prevention efforts, lowering both homelessness and the need for psychiatric hospitalizations, while improving employment and wellbeing.
Los Angeles County uses Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds programs to reach at-risk populations. An evaluation of two MHSA-funded programs showed improvements in participants' mental health, but more-thorough evaluations could help expand these efforts.
Los Angeles County's Housing for Health program addresses an important public health issue by providing housing and supportive services to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. The program also saves taxpayers money.