Recent articles have indicated that Missouri’s governor recommends cutting $20 million from the mental health budget and that much of the money the state receives from the federal government for mental health hospitals are added to the general fund (2/4, Opinion, “Steps toward a better mental health system”). If these are facts, then we, as a state, are making a serious error.
We need to provide as much as possible for our fellow citizens for mental health services. The folks with mental health issues are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. It is incumbent upon us to care for these people. It is the right and the moral thing to do. Too often they are forgotten and left to waste away in group homes or on the streets.
The old adage holds true: “There but for the grace of God go I.”