State should not cut mental heath services

The current proposed state budget calls for closing four prisons and several mental health facilities. This will only decrease mental health services throughout the state.

As a result, New York residents’ safety will be at an increased risk. Why? Most recent high-profile shootings were committed by individuals who are mentally ill. The state should and must be more responsible to care for the mentally ill. The answer is not to close mental health facilities to save budget dollars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to look at his priorities. Safety is paramount. Our governor would rather give inmates a free college education at taxpayers’ expense. Furthermore, state prisons are overcrowded and have been for years. The assaults on correction officers by inmates has dramatically increased. There is no compromise for safety of a correction officer or a mental health worker, two of the most dangerous jobs in New York State.

John J. Karlis