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September 2, 2014, 11:41 pm
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Advocates Say More Money for Mental Health Needed


Advocates say more attention — and money — must be directed to a state mental health system they describe as overwhelmed.

 

Between 2009 and 2012, Illinois slashed funding for community mental health programs by more than 30 percent — more than all but three other states.

 

Experts say that makes it much harder to identify and help people whose mental illness may lead to violent outbursts.

 

But some Republicans questiton whether more spending is needed… and say the issue isn’t necessarily bigger government programs, but beter ones.

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