75 to lose their jobs as state cuts mental health care – Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — State mental hospitals and homes for the developmentally disabled are eliminating 354 jobs in the wake of budget cuts enacted by Gov. Beverly Perdue and legislators earlier this month. Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, cited for chronic understaffing by federal regulators last year following the death of a neglected patient, is cutting 123 full-time positions. All but 31 of the positions being eliminated are vacant.