- Posted May 31, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
What Republicans DO NOT Want You To Know
Jimmy Carter designed a "very" progressive piece of legislation that was dynamic and far reaching.
The Mental Health Systems Act was primarily designed to assist the American public and our citizens who were/are suffering from serious to severe mental health illnesses.
Unfortunately, Ronald Reagan felt otherwise:
"The Mental Health Systems Act had hardly become law when its provisions were rendered moot. The inauguration of Ronald Reagan in January 1981 led to an immediate reversal of policy. In the summer of 1981 the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act became law. Under its provisions, the federal government provided block grants to the states for mental health services and substance abuse, although at levels of about 75 to 80 percent of what they would have received under the Mental Health Systems Act. The states had considerable leeway in expending their allocations. With a few exceptions—notably, the patients’ bill of rights—the Mental Health Systems and CMHC Acts were repealed, thus diminishing the direct role of the federal government in mental health (Public Law 1981). The transfer and decentralization of authority merely exacerbated the existing tensions, as federal support was reduced at precisely the same time that the states were faced with social and economic problems that increased their fiscal burdens." From the website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2690151/