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A system on the brink--that's how many patients and therapists would describe mental health care in Rhode Island.

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE) — Pam Testoni’s first encounter with Rhode Island’s mental healthcare system was a day program at Butler Hospital back in 2010 to deal with depression and paranoia. “I went, it was kind of a band aid,” said Testoni. That band aid was ripped off two years later.  “I had a severe breakdown where I tried to hurt myself,” said Testoni. Her husband brought her to a hospital, which the then-teacher says was scarier than the trauma she was already in. “I was put in a room. I was crying and I was kind of left alone and one of the other ladies tried to get over and help me, and they told her to go away. The nurse came in and said what’s so stressful about being a fourth grade teacher. That kind of comment threw me off to the edge,” said Testoni……read more in the link below.

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