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Budget cuts to behavioral health devastate the most vulnerable

Too often, we forget that people with mental illnesses are all around us, trying their best to work hard and lead productive lives. That’s why it was a privilege last month to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week, a perfect time for Arizonans to remember our friends and neighbors who are suffering from behavioral health issues.

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A ‘necessary evil’ (access required)

A combination of fear and the state’s dire financial straits has pushed long-battling parties in a Maricopa County lawsuit into a tenuous agreement allowing the state to drastically reduce funding for mental health services and eliminate the office that ensures the lawsuit provisions are met.

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Is privatization the answer? (access required)

While the governor proposed eliminating the Department of Juvenile Corrections as a way to save money, one private company has said it could operate the program for slightly more than half of the agency’s fiscal 2009 budget.

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Republicans should care about mental illness

Massive cuts to the publicly funded behavioral health system should be a wake- up call for all Arizonians but especially for our Republican leadership whose decisions will lead to massive suffering for those with a mental illness.

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