Texas state budget cuts putting mental health treatment jobs at risk

Please see the link below for an article about the potential closure of the South Texas Health Center Outpatient Clinic as a result of state budget cuts. At the request of state legislators, the Texas Department of State Health Services is being asked to cut its budget by 10 percent – closing the mental health clinic in Harlingen is one of the options being considered to achieve this reduction, which would result in 63 full-time employees being laid-off or reassigned. This closure would exacerbate the existing shortage of mental health professionals  in rural Texas, making it even more difficult for mentally ill Texans to access much-needed treatment services. Perhaps this is to be expected in a state that ranks last in the U.S. for per capita mental health spending – NAMI Texas will be working hard to change that in the 2013 Legislative Session.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=794021#.UD4b29ZlR2M

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