Lawmakers ignore group homes’ plea – Greensboro News-Record

GREENSBORO — Despite a last-minute plea to legislators, funding for group homes serving children who are suicidal or violent or have severe emotional or mental problems will be cut from the state budget. The budget eliminates $38.4 million for group homes over the next two years. Leza Wainwright, director of the mental health division in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said Wednesday that the cut would lead to better treatment for the children.