Funding picture not bright

One would have hoped that the funding picture would look brighter after all these years. However, sadly, just the reverse is true.

With Arizona’s financial problems have come reductions in funding to support public, non-profit mental health services. Prevention programs, which provide public education related to mental illness, were severely impacted. Two years ago, Arizona Department of Health Services was forced to significantly reduce available services for seriously mentally ill individuals not qualifying for AHCCCS.

Were Gerardo still alive, this would have been his State Designation; his services today would be much less comprehensive than they were at the time of his suicide.

The recent tragic shootings highlight a need for more comprehensive services to those individuals struggling with serious mental illness. We encourage our fellow citizens to let their voices be heard with our local legislators. Within a crisis is also opportunity!

/s/ Phil Niece,

Gerardo Jr.’s counselor/therapist at the time of his death (1992)

admin (7654 Posts)

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Sunday ‘Macros’ Photography Class and September Hours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    13 hours ago

    By popular demand, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has extended summer hours of 6am-2pm through the end of September, allowing […]

    Jr. Panthers Expect Turnaround Season

    August 20th, 2014

    The Jr. Panthers’ football team was winless in 2013. Head coach Manuel Ortega knows his team has the discipline and […]

    Panthers 2014 Varsity Football Schedule

    August 20th, 2014

    With the 2014 football season quickly approaching, we are proud to announce the Superior Sun will provide game coverage each […]

    Hambly announces Students of the Week

    August 19th, 2014

    Leonor Hambly K-8 School has announced its Students of the Week for the week of Aug.

  • Stories Just For You

    San Manuel Little League to disband

    January 29th, 2014

    Residents of San Manuel, I absolutely hate to be the messenger regarding this particular topic. As much as I dislike […]

    Where has all the live music gone?

    January 29th, 2014

    Hey! There’s a dance Saturday night! Good! Who’s playing? A disc jockey. Nothing against D.J.s, but what about a band […]

    Remember those Grandparents – please have mercy!

    January 15th, 2014

    Many of you have grand-parents residing locally who are aging in their 60’s 70’s & 80’s. What fond memories of […]

    Supervisor looking forward to coming year

    January 15th, 2014

    First of all, let me wish each and every one of you in District 1 a very Happy New Year. […]

  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin