Tipper Gore said in Baltimore yesterday that states are not ready to run programs that serve people with mental disorders, although impending federal Medicaid reform would give them control over those programs.
In an interview with reporters at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's national conference, Mrs. Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore, said she has been meeting with panels of state health officials to discuss how states would administer block grant programs for health care.
She said states are scrambling to devise ways to replace federal health-care programs.
"They're not ready at all," Mrs. Gore said. "Here we are at the
federal level trying to help them get prepared and they're not ready. They don't know what they're going to do. They're really upset."
Mrs. Gore, mental health adviser to President Clinton, received an award from the group for her advocacy of therapy programs.