Annual costs of untreated mental illness in Kansas exceed $1 billion: The financial toll of untreated mental illness in Kansas is $1.17 billion annually, according to new research by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. About one in ten adults in Kansas has at least one of the serious mental illnesses considered in the research: major depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, and about 40% of these adults receive no treatment. The state's spending for mental health services fell by more than $14 million—or 16.4%—between fiscal years 2009 and 2012. Only six states made steeper cuts during that period, according to the report. Researchers used national prevalence rates of the four illnesses, demographic data from the U.S. Census, and economic modeling to quantify the costs of untreated mental illnesses in Kansas, which they estimated at 177,727 cases. The costs are spread across the economy, according to the report, but the largest share is shouldered by individuals and employers. Nearly 90% of the total costs are borne indirectly by individual and employers, including lost work productivity, unrealized earnings due to unemployment, and lost income due to disability or suicide. About 10% of the costs are direct, including increased hospitalizations, outpatient and long-term care, criminal activity, Social Security disability, and welfare administration costs. The estimated costs are $522 million for individuals and families, $429 million for employers and the private sector, $111 million for the federal government, and $113 million for the state government. More information about the report is available on the Web site of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (hcfgkc.org), which commissioned the research.