Mental health advocates to rally at Okla. Capitol

Mental health advocates to rally at Okla. Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Mental health advocates will rally at the state Capitol to warn lawmakers of the possible impact of more state budget cuts to mental health and substance abuse services.
The rally is planned for Tuesday in the Capitol's fourth floor rotunda.
Organizers say more budget cuts will create a huge rise in the homeless population, more property crimes and a lack of resources to help people in a mental health or substance abuse crisis.
Terri White, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, told lawmakers last month the cost of treating mental illness and addictive disorders will be shifted to local communities through more emergency room visits and involvement of patients in the criminal justice system.


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