Though it has been ages since I last blogged I promise that I will update you in the days to come, but first I have a very pressing message. The State House of Representatives released it's budget yesterday, and it contains over $26M in reductions to mental health services.
This will place more people struggling with mental health conditions on the streets, in emergency rooms, and in our prison system. But you can make a difference, with the help of Sound Mental Health (http://http://smh.org/) we have key phrases you can use when contacting your State Representatives and Senators:
“A $26 million cut to mental health is too much!”
“Please support mental health!”
“The House budget cuts to mental health are too drastic!”
“Mental health is too important to be cut so much!”
"$26 million dollars is too much to cut for Mental Health Services. Mental Illness is a disease that is manageable with the proper care. Without the proper care the cost to the individual, the community and overall public safety far away outweigh the initial cost of care. Why should Mental Illness be looked at any differently than any other diseases?"
Please go to the following link to send a single message to your Senator: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx
Thank you for making an effort to change the system!