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"Massachusetts residents seek mental health treatment at levels higher than just about anywhere else in the country, "

a href=”http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/05/17/firms_put_limits_on_mental_therapy/?page=2″In an article about limits/a on mental health services, I found the following kind of interesting (a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2010/05/firms-put-limits-on-mental-therapy-new.html”via Newsalert/a) :br /br /blockquoteMassachusetts residents seek mental health treatment at levels higher than just about anywhere else in the country, according to data from United Behavioral Health, a California-based insurer that is the nation’s largest providing mental health services.br /br /It is the insurer used by the Group Insurance Commission and many Massachusetts companies, and its records show that nearly 12 percent of the nearly 1.2 million state residents covered by United’s insurance receive mental health treatment, second in the nation to Rhode Islanders, at 12.9 percent.br /br /Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale, United’s chief medical officer, said the recession has forced many of the companies for which it provides coverage to make tough choices. “Our customers are facing downsizing or laying off people,’’ Beale said, “and they’re also trying to maintain benefits for people and trying not to increase their out-of-pocket costs.’’/blockquotebr /br /I wonder why more Massachusetts residents seek mental health treatment than the rest of the country? Do they just believe in talk therapy more? Is it something else about their environment that is causing emotional problems? Or do they just use the services because they are available, or do more people with emotional problems move to Massachusetts?