October 14, 2015

Mental Health Care Coordination Yet Another Casualty Of Mid-Year Budget Cuts

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It’s been almost a month since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office announced it was cutting about $103 million from the 2016 budget, but hospital officials still aren’t clear about how much has been cut from certain line items.

This became clear during the Behavioral Health Council meeting Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building. Charles Herrick, chief of psychiatry for Danbury and New Milford Hospitals, asked the council if part of the cut involves a $1.5 million grant to coordinate care for patients with behavioral or mental health issues.

Colleen Harrington of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services told Herrick that the grant he’s referring to has been delayed until 2017 to help offset other budget cuts.

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