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RLC FUNDING FULLY RESTORED!
Both the Senate and the House
have fully funded the RLCs
for Fiscal Year 2016
Please be sure to thank your
State Senator and Representative
for their support.
State House Rally April 1st 2015
On April 1, 2015, two hundred and fifty members and supporters of the six Recovery Learning Communities gathered at the State House from cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. They rallied to save the RLCs. Many carried signs saying “The RLC Saved My Life”. Protesters then visited their Representatives and Senators inside the State House seeking full funding for the Recovery Learning Communities in the 2016 Budget.
SAVE THE RLCs RALLY AT THE STATE HOUSE APRIL 1, 2015
The Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs) offer peer-to-peer support for individuals impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, addiction and a variety of other life-disrupting challenges. RLCs are the only supports funded by the Department of Mental Health that are available immediately and without any red tape (referrals, intake processes, wait lists, etc.).
Last year, an estimated 8,000 people connected with RLCs through resource centers, support groups, hospitals visits and many other community-based activities and public events. As a result, individuals who may never have even sought help instead moved through thoughts of suicide, avoided hospitalization, worked on substance abuse issues, stayed out of legal trouble, and found jobs and affordable housing. RLCs also saved taxpayer dollars by reducing use of 911, emergency rooms and hospitalization.
The RLCs are already significantly underfunded at $3.4 million (less than 1% of the state’s total budget for community-based adult mental health). Slashing the RLC budget by half would devastate the RLCs and shut down centers and groups, leaving thousands of Massachusetts residents without access to much-needed supports. We all need to come together to advocate for the full restoration of the RLC budget and protect the $3.4 million needed to fully fund Recovery Learning Communities.
For a full report on RLC Outcomes go to the full UMASS Study.