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County Eliminates Funding For Mental Health Program In ‘Painful’ Spending Cut

Those who have been a part of the program expressed their dismay.

Ventura County Star: Critics Question Mental Health Cuts
Critics expressed dismay and shock this week over plans to stop funding a program that connects people recovering from mental illness with those struggling with psychiatric disorders. Seventeen full- and part-time jobs for peer counselors are scheduled to be lost in the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, effective July 1. In the wake of that announcement made last week, about 10 people expressed their opposition at a meeting of a mental health advisory board in Oxnard. Among them were peer counselors, an administrator and an Oxnard woman who said her counselor helped save her life when she was suicidal. (Wilson, 5/18)

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