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Sometimes people just get plain fed up.

You may have never heard of this line of business but they quietly provide a vital service according to the president of the supported residential facilities Andrew Marshall.

'We provide accommodation and full support services to people with a range of complex needs, intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues."

Not everyone's cup of tea, after all 99% of their clients have some form of mental illness.

According to Mr Marshall the alternative can be chaos.

"The government has exploited the generosity and willingness of proprietors to provide services to a really marginalised people for not a lot of money."

These are the people who pick up the pieces the government has discarded but standby, we are on the verge of a complete walk out because these privately run facilities are being drastically short changed by the state government.

"You just cannot possibly make money. It is a physical impossibility," says Mr Marshall.

What this means is that up to 720 places, or 95% of all specialised care and accommodation will simply disappear.

To understand just how cheated the owners feel you only need to compare their funding with that of identical facilities run by large charities called NGO's.

"Three particular facilities in South Australia that are run by non government organizations and they receive about $10,000 more per year�. per bed," says the angry president.

And remember we are not talking about refuges or flop house these are expertly run and equipped to handle clients with mental issues, who need fulltime medication.

There is obviously a clear message here for the State Government.

The SRF's�.. more than 30 of them, have told the Minister for Families and Communities Jennifer Rankine in no uncertain terms, they have had enough.

Andrew Marshall says "�we will determine amongst ourselves or individually which services we will provide in a base fee and then anything above that we will charge them a reasonable fee for service."

Minister Rankine responded by saying this is the first she's heard from Andrew Marshall.... something Mr Marshall says is true� however his group has written to her department.

Jennifer Rankine also says Mr Marshall declined to meet with her because he's going overseas.

Andrew Marshall says he has offered the Minister several people from his group to meet while he's away.

"If we decided that we weren't going to supervise the medication for 720 people in Adelaide," says Mr Marshall, "I would imagine people every side of a facility or on the bus route or in town, would be a bit worried about what's going to happen to them."

The government has until December one to consider the groups' claim for more funding to bring them into line with the NGOI's.