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11/01/09 — Families: State cuts hurting local mental health patients

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Families: State cuts hurting local mental health patients

By Steve Herring
Published in News on November 1, 2009 1:50 AM

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More than 20 Wayne County residents, mostly parents and guardians of adult children with mental disabilities, braved Saturday morning's rain to protest mental health program cuts.

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Ronnie Hinnant and his mother, Cynthia, huddle together under an umbrella during a rainy Saturday morning rally to protest cuts to mental health programs including HOPE, which teaches life skills, academics, domestic self-care and domestic home care for the mentally handicapped.

It troubles 70-year-old Estella Shepherd to see state budget cuts target segments of the population that are the least equipped to deal with them, such as her developmentally disabled adult son, Thomas. For some like James Hinnant, the cuts...

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