Wallace Boddin knows he’s lucky to be alive. The other two patients that were admitted with him to Hialeah Hospital in similar conditions didn’t make it.
More than half a million adults in Florida experience serious mental illness.
A recent report showed nearly one-fifth of Floridians (17.5 percent) aged 18 and older have a mental illness, and over 7 percent of Florida's adults have a substance use disorder.
In Florida, mental health and substance abuse counseling services are expensive and limited, even for those with health insurance. Almost 60 percent of adults with mental illness in Florida do not receive treatment.
If Florida expanded Medicaid, the federal government would pay for 90 percent of healthcare costs, including mental health services, greatly expanding community mental health centers that could help residents like Wallace get the help they needed.
The Florida Health Justice Project, a nonprofit organization, recognizes that access to quality and affordable health care is a human right and engages in comprehensive advocacy to expand health care access and promote health equity for vulnerable Floridians.
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