A tough economy means health cuts across the board, and Middle Georgia is now exception.
National Alliance for Mental Illness of Central Georgia, also known as NAMI, operates New Hope Center, a group home provides long term housing for mentally ill residents that can't live on their own.
"We are in debt, trying to keep our heads above water," says Kara Dover-Spuhler, NAMI Program Coordinator.
State funding was cut from the New Hope Center in December 2011. The facility is now in danger of closing.
"For us to have to shut down, and abandon all our programs would just be like taking a step back from all the progress mental health has made," Dover-Spuhler.
Pearlie Tackett's son suffers from bi-polar disorder. She remembers facing the reality of his illness.
"I began to say for the first time I think and 'she went I know what you're going to say, he will never be able to live independently, he doesn't have the capability.'"
The home is currently running on it's contingency fund. There's enough money to cover operating costs for about another three months.
"It's in danger, if we can't come up with another, cement more income streams," says Tackett.
A day treatment program may be one way the center stays open. The service would allow severely ill community members to spend working hours at this facility learning basic life skills, socializing and participating in recreational activities.
"Anything to give better sense of community," says Dover-Spuhler.
The goal is to generate funding to help keep these doors open.
"We look at clients and we know what would happen if they go."
Outside of the center, and without the help of NAMI, Dover-Spuhler says, it's tough for people suffering from severe mental illness.
"It seems like people with mental health issues fall through the cracks of society," says Dover-Spuhler.
Currently, there's six residents living at the center. NAMI board member Jeanie Bauer, says there's room for six more people who need assistance. They're hoping that with more residents, and the support of this new program they'll be able to keep the New Hope Center open.