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Officials at Transitions Shed Light on Mental Health Issue

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Representatives from Transitions addressed aldermen Monday night about their current situation, thanks to state budget cuts.

Barbara Baker Chapin says these cuts are devastating for people who have a mental health problem and cannot afford insurance or care.

She says she addressed the council to make them aware of the problem, and to encourage them to get involved with finding a solution.

She says state funding has become limited, and they no longer receive grants to cover some of these people.

She says - without these readily available services - other agencies would have to work harder to help combat this problem. 

"So when people don't have access to outpatient services like Transitions offers, symptoms tend to become worse, they seek out care that is accessible to them, which is often the emergency room, or the inpatient unit in the hospital, both of which are very expensive forms of treatment," she said.

Chapin says there will be a discussion on this issue on may 31st at the Blessing conference center, starting at 9 in the morning.

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