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State proposal would put mentally ill on the street

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Massive cuts could be coming to mental health programs in Texas, and experts suggest will cost care but ironically could cost you money.

We've heard a lot about these proposed budget cuts. Few are as deep as the cuts to community mental health care.
Right now, 9,000 adults are getting outpatient mental health care in Harris County alone. Treatments range from major depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The proposed cuts would force 1,500 to 1,800 of them from the clinics, but they wouldn't go away -- they'd likely end up in places where doctors tell us you'll pay more for them.
If you met John Cox today, you'd likely have no idea he's been in state-funded mental health treatment for 16 years.
"Nobody wants to be mentally ill," Cox said.
The 65-year-old Houstonian suffers from major depression and once had addiction issues and for a brief time years a


Added: Jan-26-2011 Occurred On: Jan-25-2011
By: Zipper10
Tags: Mentally, ill, on, streets, state, proposal, Houston, Texas
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