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Loss of services drives up mental illness costs

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Emergency rooms already bustling with patients have been experiencing an influx of people with mental health problems since the state Department of Health cut $25 million from its mental health budget in 2009. Emergency room technician Karly Lau worked in the Queen's Medical Center ER on Wednesday.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    Emergency rooms already bustling with patients have been experiencing an influx of people with mental health problems since the state Department of Health cut $25 million from its mental health budget in 2009. Emergency room technician Karly Lau worked in the Queen's Medical Center ER on Wednesday.

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