I have been hearing about our state budget deficit and the cuts that are going to made and I worry about what is going to happen to the people who are in need in our community.

As the president of NAMI-Mankato (National Alliance for Mental Illness), I work with many people who are on MinnesotaCare. This is their only avenue for getting treatment and medications for their mental illness. If we eliminate adults from MinnesotaCare this will actually cost us money.

People who are now stable in their lives, working jobs and being assets to our community will have to go off their medications (which can cost thousands of dollars a month) and cease treatment.

Why is this a concern? Because these people usually end up in the hospital, lose their jobs and it costs our community more money to pay for these hospitalizations.

The cuts to health and human services look good on paper, but the reality is that these cuts will cost more in other areas of the budget (corrections is a big one).

Let us not let this happen.

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