Hundreds rally against cuts to Vt. mental health programs
Montpelier, Vermont - March 9, 2011
Hundreds of people rallied against budget cuts at the Vermont Statehouse Wednesday.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has proposed $110 million in cuts from human services programs, including $11 million in mental health funding.
Over the past three years the state has cut $15 million from the mental health budget and advocates say these new cuts go too far.
"These are people that struggle independently to stay out of hospitals and correctional facilities. They need support. They're only getting as much as they need-- no more or less," said Julie Tessler, the director for the Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services.
The Shumlin administration acknowledges the cuts will be difficult, but says they are necessary to balance the state budget.
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