State House Rally this Thursday
Budget Cuts Threaten Mental Health Consumers
November 27, 2001 -- Belmont, MA -- The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health will have its budget slashed and many community-based programs that help hundreds of citizens with psychiatric illness could be forced to close if Gov. Jane Swift approves the Legislature's proposed FY02 budget.
If this budget passes:
|$1.1 million will be cut from child and adolescent mental health services.|
|58 children and adolescents will be discharged to the community without support.|
|Nine adult inpatient hospital wards will close and 170 inpatients will be discharged without care.|
|174 currently occupied residential beds will be eliminated, leaving adults who occupy those beds without a place to go.|
|469 active DMH hospital employees will be laid off.|
|160 formerly homeless adults with serious mental illness will be left out on the street.|
grim future does
not have to become a reality:
let your voice be heard!
Thursday, Nov. 29
Massachusetts State House
For further details, please call McLean Hospital at 617-855-2110 or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Massachusetts at 781-938-4048.