Join the Rally to Preserve Mental Health in Arkansas

 

Excellent mental health care should be guaranteed for all Americans. That’s why hundreds of Arkansans will rally in support of mental health care this Thursday at the State Capitol.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., Arkansas citizens will rally on the steps of the State Capitol to show how important quality mental health care is in Arkansas.

Arkansas’ mental health system is being jeopardized by overwhelming cost cutting measures, stringent regulations and withheld reimbursements. These developments have put the state’s mental health system in a crisis.

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Currently, Arkansas is ranked second-to-last in the county for mental health services. This rally could be the beginning of a movement to improve Arkansas’ standing and make it one of the best states for mental health care.

If this crisis continues, mental health organizations across the state will be forced to close their doors. Thousands of Arkansans who receive mental health services will be without a service provider.

During the rally, Patrick Kennedy, a mental health advocate and former congressman, will deliver a keynote address in support of mental health services. In addition, prominent mental advocates Leslee Bagley and Marquitta Magnini will also speak.

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Organizers expect hundreds to show up to the rally, including health care providers, individuals with mental illness, families, social workers and community leaders.

Do your part to support mental health care in Arkansas. Join the Rally to Preserve Mental Health on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m, on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.

For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook here.

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