Mental Health Budget Cuts

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced Tuesday that if additional funds are not appropriated for the current fiscal year, the agency will be forced to initiate a $75 million cut to ODMHSAS programs. Officials say the cut would be deep and devastating and that the only option would be to eliminate whole programs. The cut would represent 23 percent of the agency's budget. "Our hope is that a solution is found in time to keep these cuts from happening," said ODMHSAS Commissioner Terri White. "At the same time, to allow plans to move forward without notifying all impacted would be unfair and irresponsible. These cuts are unbearable and will decimate our state's behavioral health care system. Yet they are the only choices the agency has left to keep from completely eliminating services for Oklahoma's most acutely ill."


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