Stop Somerset County, NJ from reducing mental health services

Stop Somerset County, NJ from reducing mental health services

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Kim Grotz started this petition to Somerset County Freeholders

On Monday, June 3rd, the participants of the Somerset County run partial care program (PCP) were informed that the program would be ending this same month, on Friday, June 28. PCP is a safe, structured environment for people with mental illness to work on their recovery, to create social bonds with others, and to receive an intensive level of care that most other therapeutic settings are unable to provide.


We, the PCP participants, were hurt and angered by this news. Not only are we losing an invaluable service, but we're losing our supportive community, we're losing many of the staff members who have been instrumental in our recovery, and we're losing the sense of safety and security that many of us struggle to find elsewhere. We are angered by the way the news was delivered, less than a month before the program is dissolved, and only three weeks after the Somerset County Freeholders signed a resolution to end the stigma against mental illness on May 14. We feel betrayed by our local government, we feel helpless, we feel lost and forgotten.


While we understand change is inevitable and can often be unpleasant, there are many better ways that this change could have been made. The purpose of this petition is to remind Somerset County that it cannot pledge to be Stigma Free and then turn around and reduce mental health services without consulting those it effects. People with mental illness have a voice, and if the county doesn't want to speak with us, then we will make ourselves heard.

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