There is something especially cruel about a society that turns its back on the most vulnerable among us. In this, the wealthiest nation in the world, how is it that we cannot find the financial resources to assist mentally ill individuals in our region with the assistance and support needed to enable them to live the most productive lives possible?

My indignation is spawned by the article in a recent Gazette concerning budget cuts to the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center which have eliminated case management services to individuals.

In the past, I had a position in the community which provided me an opportunity not only to observe but to interact with both clients and case managers. I know that countless numbers of people were assisted in finding and holding productive jobs, establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships and avoiding costly hospitalization. Even if one ignores the moral obligation to help those in need, think of the financial savings that have resulted from case management services.

I have no idea what can be done to remedy this appalling situation, but I do know it's a situation that definitely needs a remedy.

Jan Buehler

Billings

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