Extreme budget cuts affecting mentally ill in South Carolina

Image by Flickr user PilotGirl A rally in New York protested mental health budget cuts.

South Carolina's mental health budget cuts are the third highest in the nation--and mentally ill South Carolinians are feeling its effect.

According to the report "State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis," which was released last week by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, South Carolina lawmakers cut funding 23% (which translates to roughly $1.8 billion) between 2009 and 2011 related to mental health services.

The effect that this budget cut has had on South Carolina residents is extreme and today's edition of The Post and Courier has an in-depth report with the details; read it here.

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