Mental advocates gather at the General Assembly. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
mentally ill and their supporter sent a strong message to lawmaker Tuesday.
want their voices heard as senators debate cuts to mental health funding and
a requirement for prior authorization for mental health medications.
Senate's budget passes as written, a pharmacist would have to verify the
medication with the doctor and get approval from Medicaid before filling the
a prior authorization policy for off-label antipsychotic and safety monitoring
for Medicaid recipients 18 and older through the Adult Safety with
Antipsychotic Prescribing Initiative," the bill reads.
Bryce Reynolds, a psychiatrist who attended a rally today in Raleigh, explained
that if a patient misses their medication for just one day, there's a good chance
they will stop treatment all together.
a result of that, it leads to more hospitalizations, more emergency room
visits, more homelessness, more incarcerations, violence," Reynolds
Abbott, whose son has a mental illness, said people who are mentally ill often are
not cognizant of their illness.
loses consciousness that he's ill," Abbott explained of her son. "A
lot of people who are mentally ill do not know they are mentally ill unless
they are on medication."
say they are also concerned that Medicaid will deny medication in lieu of
cheaper options that may not treat their illness.