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NYC Disability News: Mental Health Programs Face Budget Cuts

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011

June 22, 2011 - States all over the country, including New York, are slashing budgets for mental health programs. It is difficult to maintain mental health programs and standards because of cuts in funding.

It has become increasingly difficult for the mentally ill to find services. Unfortunately, many then fall into homelessness and alcoholism as a result. Fortunately, programs such as Social Security disability benefits are available to individuals who are disabled and can't work. 

Community leaders and public health advocates are forced to find creative ways to combat the issue of monetary cuts for vital mental healthcare.

For instance, police in Reno, California match officers with counselors in order to create a more well-rounded approach to treating the ill. They do this instead of only taking action when there is a crime committed.

According to LA Times, national mental health budgets have been under attack since 2009. Nearly $2 billion has been taken from psychiatric programs as reported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

If you or a loved one is affected by a mental health issue or disability it is important to consult a Staten Island Social Security disability lawyer to discuss your claim and potential case.

Contacting a Staten Island Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Before you hire a Staten Island Social Security disability lawyer, order this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Filing a Social Security Disability Claim, to give you an idea of the Social Security disability claims process. Contact a New York disability lawyer at the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for more information about your case - 1-800-310-5520.

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