A MENTAL health charity will close if Kirklees Council doesn't help, bosses have warned.
Robin St Clair, chief executive of Concern for Mental Health, said the charity - which cares for 160 people with severe mental health problems including schizophrenia and manic depression - faces closure.
He also confirmed 25 members of staff would be made redundant.
Mr St Clair accused Kirklees Social Services of chronically underfunding the CMH, founded in 1977, even though they provide a vital service.
He added: "If we are allowed to close it will be a disaster for the people we help.
"We have been telling Social Services for many years we are struggling but now they claim they were not aware we were in trouble.
"I find that hard to believe, because we publish our accounts each year.
"They want the first class service we deliver, but they are not willing to pay for it."
The charity, based in St George's Square, Huddersfield, provides activities for its patients each day of the week and offers advice and support.
Mr St Clair, who took over as chief executive in 1996, said if CMH went bust the council would still have to provide the service.
"These people will have nowhere to go and will wander the streets," he said.
"It is a myth that they are violent and a risk to society. My main worry is for them in fact - they are the ones likely to be the victims."
A petition, which already carries more than 2,500 names, will be presented to the council at a meeting at the end of the month.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "Concern for Mental Health is asking for a further payment of £108,000 during this financial year for work that it does on behalf of the council.
"Senior council officers are in close contact with the organisation's trustees to ensure the funds given are currently being directed at the services required by the council and are being effectively managed.
"There is no imminent danger of the organisation going to the wall, nor any immediate threat to the employees of Concern for Mental Health as the council has brought forward future payments, while it works with the trustees to evaluate the financial issues.
"These issues will be considered when councillors have the full story."