| Tough times for mental health

The year 2009 will certainly be remembered for a variety of reasons, but for those of us who are part of the mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse community our memories will focus on the impact that the global financial crisis had upon our system.

In September 2009 area mental health centers across the state were notified of significant reductions in funding for service delivery and system management, as well as rate reductions for most Medicaid funded services. In addition, the decision was made to discontinue the service known as Community Support. Residential options for children are changing from group to family settings. Story continues here ➤