Mental Health Care Needs Increase While Funding Decreases

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Several people are calling on the country to reevaluate its mental health care system.

Mental health advocates in our area agree.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board said the demand for mental health care keeps increasing.

Yet it doesn't have enough money to help everyone.

Director Lacy Whitmore said in 2009, the state cut 10 percent of its funding.

With less money, people who want to get help, have to either wait longer or they're sent somewhere else.

"We are getting several years, five years or so behind the curve in terms of shrinking rather than meeting the demand that's there," he said.

Whitmore said his agency wants to start helping people with autism but money is getting in the way of that too.


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