St. Paul losing drop-in center for mentally ill

  • Article by: Tony Wagner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2013 - 9:39 PM

The Apollo facility that serves about 30 people daily will close May 1.

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owatonnabillApr. 15, 13 6:22 AM

Same tired old story. In hard economic times, take from those who have the least political power. Same story a few years back when the "personal needs" allowances of folks with developmental disabilities living in residential facilities was cut back from the princely sum of $89.00 per month (out of which they are expected to pay for clothing, toiletries, entertainment, and incidentals) to (if memory serves) $84.00 per month. heaven help us though if we cut back on bike trails or even one ugly statue in front of a library--the people who use or see those VOTE after all. Instead, we cut back on a service that for many people represented one of the few positives in their lives. Go figure.

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supervon2Apr. 15, 13 6:36 AM

There is always another government program that a politician will take credit for creating. You see, old ones do not make new politicians look very good-it appears that someone has done their work before them. That's the magic of government-spending time creating new programs when the old ones are still working.

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rosevillegrlApr. 15, 13 6:43 AM

Shame on Ramsey County!

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railroadApr. 15, 13 7:26 AM

We need to help the mentally ill, not shove them in some dark corner and forget them. Cut the funding to the parks and theaters before you cut medical help for those in need.

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psychswedeApr. 15, 13 7:39 AM

This is a shame. Drop in centers are essential for so many of those who have a mental illness, especially those who live independently and need to check in with trusted staff when things aren't going well or they just need support. Drop in centers are a safe place to socialize and attend groups and recreational activities.

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citypersonApr. 15, 13 3:47 PM

Plenty of money to build schools in Iraq and Afghanistan. No money for U.S. citizens.

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markoakesApr. 16, 13 6:15 PM

put them out on the street and let them panhandle witth the rest of the mentally ill. We are well on our way to 3rd world status. Think govt is too big? Tell that to the homeless. The right like to paint the homeless as lazy and deserving their fate but the truth is many are mentally ill with nowhere else to go. We keep cutting mental health services and wonder way we have so many problems with mentally ill people. I think we should give exxon more subsidies and the billionaires another tax cut. It's only going to get worse as the middleclass continues to die off and govt revenue continues to fall and more services are cut. The republicans won't let us tax the wealthy so the most vulnerable will pay the price. Eventually it will be everyone who is not in the top 1% that is thrown under the bus and left to fight for scraps. We are seeing the beginning of a dying empire and the wealthy have us fighting over religion, abortion and guns while they take all the wealth of this nation and laugh at us from their penthouses. How easy it is to distract the sheep.

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