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Mental Health Center Looking For Sponsorships

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Some local mental health patients are concerned that their local Community Support Center could see fewer workers effective the first of the new year. That's as a result of continuing funding cutbacks in recent years.

Just over 30 people at the Community Support Center in owntown Twin Falls are reaching out for some funding help. They're looking for sponsorships to help underwrite one of two staff positions at the center. The position in question costs $20,000 a year.

Orion Odendahl, Secretary of the CSC Advocates, says, "If that trend continues, it's leading toward closing the center. We had to lose a day earlier this year anyway, from five days a week to four days a week."

Odendhal says both of the current staff members encourages the members to keep an eye out for and report anyone showing signs of hurting themselves or other people. But that's not all they do at the center.

Mental Health Technician Ronda Leonard says, "I do the shopping, the banking, the cooking, washing dishes. They wash dishes, too, but I wash my own pots and pans, and stuff like that."

Odendhal says their funding cutbacks began six years ago. That's why they're now going to the community to see if they can get sponsorships to keep the community support center up and running.

Odendahl says, "That is our request, is sponsorship to fund the position, which is $20,000 a year, and opening up again five days a week, with $10,000 a year."

If you'd like to help the Community Support Center in Twin Falls, you can call them from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 737-0777.

Dec. 20, 2012.


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