According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health disorder in any given year. 1 in 17 adults lives with a more serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Bell Socialization, a small non-profit organization in Pennsylvania provides vital services for persons living with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and homelessness. If Governor Corbett's proposed budget passes we will lose 20 - 24% of our state funding. What does this mean for us? We may be forced to decrease or completely cut the programs and services that we're able to provide our fellow Pennsylvanians. For some of the people that we serve we are the only thing keeping them from being locked into a state hospital, a prison or being completely homeless. What does this mean for you? It will become even more difficult for yourself, your loved ones or your friends and neighbors to receive the help that they need and deserve. Please tell Governor Corbett not to cut mental health services so that we can continue to serve those in need.
Vote against 2012-13 budget cuts for mental health services
For your constituents living with mental illness, intellectual disability and homelessness who may be unable to speak for themselves, I extend an urgent request for you to stand up on their behalf and vote against Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 budget cuts which will negatively impact availability of vital services for these Pennsylvanians.
I write as a supporter of Bell Socialization Services, Inc. which I understand will receive between 20% and 24% decrease in state funding – a cut that will significantly and adversely affect the ability to operate agency programs, resulting in a need to completely discontinue many services.
This will mean people may lose housing or day treatment services and could end up living on the street or have to be placed in prison or state hospitals at a very high cost. I strongly encourage you to not return a letter to me saying you are in support but please spend that time doing what you can to get these cuts removed.