A Call to
Restore Mental Health Funding
4 December 2001 -- As you may already know, Governor Swift has filed a supplemental budget which would restore funding for mental health and other human service programs.
To help insure that the budget is approved, we should all send letters to our local House and Senate representatives. A suggestion for wording follows.
To find out who your local legislators are and how to contact them, call 800-462-VOTE
(8683) or go
Governor Swift has done the right thing by proposing a supplemental budget that restores critical aid to the mentally ill and others who rely on human services. Her action sends a strong message that people matter most.
Psychiatric illness strikes one in five families and these monies will help someone you knowa friend, a coworker, a family member. Psychiatric illnesses are highly treatable, biologically based disorders of the brain. Treating these individuals today will save the state far more than what it will cost to care for them tomorrow.
I implore you to do the right thing and vote to restore mental health funding. The lives of thousands of individuals with psychiatric illnesses, and their families, depend on you.
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