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Former Sunderland Patient Speaks Out

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- On Monday, Sunderland Family Treatment Services will begin transferring over a thousand of its patients to other mental health providers.

This comes after Benton County changed its mental health contract. This has many patients worried about how they'll get the treatment they need.

Robert Martin, who went to Sunderland, says for 38 years he has suffered with bipolar depression and agoraphobia and is worried about the change.

Martin says, "When your undergoing your therapy session and your counseling, you build up a trust, like a one-on-one relationship with a person and to pick up and start all over again that's pretty scary."

Martin says while he doesn't agree with the new mental health contract, he and other patients will just have to adjust to their new providers.