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Tennessee is looking at an 87% decrease in peer support spending this next year

Posted Nov 02 2010 7:48pm

The early numbers are in. There are currently 4.9 million dollars set aside for peer support centers in Tennessee. If the letter quoted in my earlier post holds true and there is no “one time funding” done this next year 700,000 dollars will remain. If I have done the math right that is about an 87% decrease in peer support funding. That does not include other funding for peer support like Bridges training which is also on the shopping block.

Does anyone even want to begin to put a figure on the human misery involved in this or on the financial costs of “saving this money” so that we can spend many times that on hospital and jail costs? Some of it simply cant be described by numbers.

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