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CT reversing mental health cuts – for now

January 14, 2013

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has spurred discussion about mental health (and hopefully some action) at the Federal level in ways that one can only hope will be sustained. It turns out that in the state of Connecticut, where the horror is still very real, there is a rethinking of budget cuts to mental health – for this year at least. In article by Arielle Levin Becker of the Connecticut Mirror, she notes that State officials have reversed plans to cut more than $7 million in funding from mental health and addiction programs this fiscal year. This is good news, though under extremely tragic circumstances. Unfortunately, it also points out the fiscal fragility of the mental health service delivery system. Hopefully, this temporary reprieve for Connecticut’s mental health system will result in some creative and innovative thinking about how to keep mental health services a priority for future budget decision-making.

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