NC Human Services Alliance Holds Legislative Rally

Advocates for the mentally ill want lawmakers to avoid what they call devastating cuts to services in next year's North Carolina state budget.

More than 1,000 people -- including patients and their families -- visited the Legislature for their annual rally Wednesday. They want to protect and improve treatment for people with mental illness, the developmentally disabled and substance abusers.

The event came the same day House members discussed options to reduce mental health funding to help narrow a $4 billion-plus state budget gap for next year. One option would reduce service funds by more than $50 million.

Sandra Buckman with The ARC (ark) of Beaufort County said lawmakers needed to be reminded how vulnerable the consumers of state-funded services would be if drastic cuts are made.

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    Substance abusers can and should pay for their own help. They can pay for the treatment on insurance or do what a person who didn't take drugs should do and that is pay for their treatment. Its not fair tax payers have to pay for substance abusers bills. The mental and the people who need the help sure I don't mind paying. The people who are substance abusers I do mind paying for.

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