The latest SAMHSA Financing Report is out and of particular interest to us is the following news item on the effect of sequestration. We reported on this last week but we still don't know where SAMHSA will make the cuts that inevitably will need to be made. For those of you who have been flooding us with questions about this, hang in there. Maybe someone from SAMHSA will post an answer at the bottom of this post.
From the SAMHSA Financing Report:
- Sequestration affects behavioral health services. The sequestration of $85.3 billion in FY2013 spending began March 1 as part of the “fiscal cliff” law (HR 8), which cuts $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. In its report to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimates that SAMHSA will face a 5 percent reduction for certain budget accounts, resulting in a $168 million cut for FY2013. A White House factsheet estimates that SAMHSA’s total sequestration will include a reduction of $83.1 million in grants for substance abuse treatment programs, yielding an estimated 102,900 fewer treatment admissions. OMB is expected to provide additional detail in its final report on discretionary sequestration, slated for publication March 27 (Washington Post, 2/24; Kaiser Health News, 3/1; Washington Post, 3/6; Politico, 3/7).