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Mental Health Center Is 'Making Do'

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Making ends meet is tough to do for all of us. And a local mental health center is no exception.

The first of this year, the Community Support Center had to cut back its schedule from five days a week to only four. That's because it saw a major drop in state funding. In the meantime, some local business came to the rescue to help out in smaller ways.

Orion Odendhal, Secretary for CSC Advocates, says, "Wills Toyota and D.L. Evans Bank have helped us with a few hundred here and there. They keep the food budget up and running. We spend about $200 a month at the local stores."

Now the center is working on writing grants with nursing students from the College of Southern Idaho. If approved, the first health initiative will help them spruce up the inside of the center, which will hopefully draw more people in to get help with their mental health issues.

Odendhal says, "We have started working with them. Already we have three health initiative funds that the student nurses are helping us apply for. So we're excited about that."

Right now, the Community Support Center for mental health is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. About 18 people show up every day they're open. Odendhal is hopeful that local businesses and individuals will help keep the center up and running.

Odendhal says, "What I like is that it's more on a local, more personable level, instead of just trying to grab from the state and federal government, kind of in a faceless way."

If you'd like to help the Community Support Center in downtown Twin Falls, you can call them at 737-0777. Or just drop them an e-mail. Their address is twinfallscsc@yahoo.com .

Feb. 22, 2013.


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