County's cuts disrupt youth mental health programs –

Hundreds of Mecklenburg County children face a potential disruption of mental health services this year after the county discontinued a contract with Carolinas HealthCare System this week.

The decision eliminates outpatient counseling services for about 750 children ages 5-18 at Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph, as well as in-school therapy teams that serve about 500 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students. Also cut is a program that provided case management counselors to help about 75 families navigate the mental health system.

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