Published: Apr 08, 2013 10:16 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 08, 2013 10:45 PM EDT

North Fort Myers-Fla.-Parishioners from 12 congregations pushed for change and clapped for justice Monday night.

Members of the Nehemiah Action Assembly are demanding better access and more treatment options for mental health services.

And they are asking the Lee County Department of Human Services and the Lee County Board of Commissioners to make it a bigger priority.

Lisa Guerrette is a parent, "If I had a child that wasn't with insurance and needed attention for mental health I would want to know they would be taken care of regardless of the money issue."

Life Organization research shows in Lee County only 20-percent of children with a mental illness receive treatment.

About 8-thousand children go untreated.

Ann Arnell and Commissioners Monday night committed to changes, but did not have all the specifics. And they said there are some limitations.

Arnell said, " The county is a small supplemental funder to primarily state dollars for community mental health so the majority of resources come through the state of Florida."

 

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