Group Raises Mental Health Issue Awareness

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago September 20, 2006 Sep 20, 2006 Wednesday, September 20 2006 Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:48:15 PM CDT in News
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ST. LOUIS - More than 250 professionals representing law enforcement, the courts and emergency medicine are lobbying against drastic budget cuts to the state's mental health system. They've formed a new group, called Missouri Partners in Crisis, to raise awareness about mental health problems across the state. The group's first goal is to fight $48 million in budget cuts for the Department of Mental Health over the past five years. The cuts have resulted in a 40% reduction in the number of psychiatric beds available in Missouri. The group's members say cutting the mental health budget forces mentally ill people out of care and into jails, courts and emergency rooms. And they say cutting the budget backfires, because emergency treatment for mental illness is more expensive.

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