Cuts to the Department of Mental Health affect Bronx outreach group

The State Department of Mental Health had to cut back its budget, and a large portion of those cuts are taking away from a small center in Mott Haven with a large outreach.

FRIENDS stands for families reaching in ever new directions, and they've helped hundreds of families in the South Bronx. When one member is diagnosed with a clinical disorder, they provide counseling, tutoring and other social services for the whole family.

The Department of Mental Health was forced to cut $2.5 million from their budget. They made up for it by taking more than $230,000 from FRIENDS.

The funding cut began August 1. Since then FRIENDS has had to cut back on 20 percent of its programs. They reached out to their local politicians and have received no answers.

FRIENDS also says they've written a letter to the borough president's office for help.

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