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BUDGET: Stop targeting mentally ill

Letter by T.A. Snell, Tacoma on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm with No Comments »
December 3, 2012 2:35 pm

After reviewing the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial budgets, I am concerned about the changes that will be implemented to the human services agencies.

Although I am aware that cuts needs to be implemented to offset the budget, I am concerned about the any further taxes on mental health clients. As a provider, I am irritated by the ongoing attempts that may cause financial strain on those with a mental illness diagnosis. As city, we often are talking about the inability to find resources, but our children, mentally ill clients and impoverished community members seem to be targeted.

What do you think our mental health clients are thinking? Probably, “not again.” Every little bit of income that is maintained makes a difference. A little bit still goes a long way, and we must be reminded about the impact that these types of decisions will have on the people we serve.

Once again, our lack of consideration for those who aren’t able to advocate for themselves directly will cause more stress on the clients, as well as those who serve them. When will we stop taking from those who usually don’t have? Once again, we see a system that reaches into the pockets of mental health clients.

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