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Health Care Acts Timeline
1 Dec 2017
President Truman signs the National Mental Health Act
President Kennedy signs the Community Mental Health Act
Because of Medicaid states are incentivized to move patients out of State Mental Hospitals and into Nursing Homes
The California Legislature passes the Lanterman Petris-Short Act. Which makes involuntary hospitalization of mentally ill people more difficult
President Carter signs the Mental Health System Act
Under President Reagan, the Omnibus Budgt Reconciliation Act repeals Carter's Community Health Legislation, and establishes block grants for states
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, states are forced to cut $435 billion in public mental health spending over the next three years.
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