I understand fiscal times are tough, which means hard decisions must be made. Every day seems to bring a new proposal to cut or freeze spending on programs that help support the addictions and mental-health safety net. Fully funding mental health and the substance-abuse division is not only the right thing to do for vulnerable individuals in need, it also saves money by preventing costly hospitalizations, incarcerations and other adverse outcomes.
I urge you to oppose budget cuts to these areas. We need the support of our leaders now more than ever to break the cycle of addiction and strengthen our families. Please join in our advocacy movement to urge our appointed leaders not to cut the budget for substance-abuse services.
T. Michael McLemore