Hundreds of people gathered outside of the statehouse at noon, today, asking legislators not to make cuts to mental health and developmental services in the upcoming budget. They chanted, "no more cuts" in unison. In the governor’s proposed budget, there would be $4 million dollars in cuts to these services. This rally was the centerpiece of Mental Health Awareness day at the statehouse
After the rally, a portion of the group went inside to talk to legislators and to give testimony at committee hearings — telling stories of how the mental health and developmental services funding affect their lives and to plead for the legislators not to cut this funding.