Mental health advocates from BX and city protest governor's plan to cut programs

Mental health advocates, residents and elected officials took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday to protest Governor George Pataki's (R-NY) plan to cut mental health programs.

Pataki's proposed budget cuts could permanently dismantle dozens of mental health programs in the Bronx and city. Under the plan, more than $3 million in state funding to mental health providers citywide would be cut. Some programs on the chopping block include the city's only domestic violence outreach program, advocacy programs, legal aid and recreational programs.

Mental health advocates say the situation is dire.

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