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Advocates: Make No Changes To Mass. 'Clubhouse' Centers

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People with mental illness and their supporters are planning to ask Gov. Deval Patrick to back off any planned changes to community-based services in Massachusetts.

The advocates plan to gather at the Department of Mental Health on Tuesday morning and then walk to the State House.

They say they oppose proposed changes to "Clubhouse" centers around the state. The centers provide day services for adults with mental illness who live on their own.

Advocates say they are particularly concerned about a new billing system that they say is unnecessarily cumbersome, costly, intrusive and filled with unfunded mandates.

Massachusetts has 33 of the recovery and rehabilitation centers that serve more than 8,300 residents each year who are recovering from serious and persistent mental illness.

This program aired on June 10, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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