I just posted this on Timer Lady's thread but I wanted to post it here too and add some more to it. I just went to have my weekly lunch session with my therapist. When she walked in I noticed she looked stressed. It is bad when the first words spoken are by her and they are "Can I tell you MY stress first?" LOL. Seems that our state has run out of funds for indigent care for mentally ill people. Effective immediately all people who have no insurance and cant afford to pay cash must be let go. There is no more public mental health system. This state went completely to a private community based mental health system where the services were offered by private companies. In the states great wisdom (said sarcastically) they had this pool of money to give to the various private companies to provide care to the indigent patients. This has now ran out because of budget cuts. This whole stupid fiasco of eliminating public mental health was supposed to save money but of course, it didnt. Private businesses popped up like mushrooms on cow patties drinking from the public teat. They bilked Medicaid and Medicare and private insurance out of millions if not billions of dollars. Before this whole thing went through, there were 3 agencies here that offered in home aids. When it went through, I watched them pop up. Now there must be one on every corner. They will be gone now. This is a nightmare. Joy and I have been tossing ideas back and forth before because we saw this on horizon but we really never thought it would actually come down to ALL money shutting down. We are thinking that maybe some way we can find a way to have groups for people who have no insurance. Who knows where it would be held. Maybe we could get a church to host it. People with no insurance are going to end up in the ER and if they are bad enough they will end up in a merry-go-round of psychiatric ward admissions. Of course, the admissions will want them to be seen outpatient but there will be no one to see a person with no insurance. A group meeting can help with some form of therapy but we cant do medication. Im actually putting myself out there as far as I can as a patient and as a person with disorders to try and help as many people with whatever disorders others have because this is idiotic. I dont want to see anyone go without some care that I can offer. Everyone seems to think I am capable of being more than just a doorstop...lol. I must have gained enough knowledge over the years that I qualify as having psychology training. LMAO. I guess when the option is nothing or me...Im better than nothing.