States of Despair
Albright, Brian, Behavioral Healthcare
Mental health agencies face deep cuts as state governments slash their budgets BY BRIAN ALBRIGHT
When the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) had their annual Commissioners Meeting in St. Louis this summer, the mood was grim. Almost every state mental health department is facingsignificant budget reductions in 2009 - as high as 25% in some cases - and even steeper cuts could be coming over the next several years.
"Wc were not a happy bunch," says NASMHPD President Virginia Trotter Betts. "Everybody was looking at everybody else's strategies to try and figure out what to do."
Betts, who is the commissioner of Tennessce s …
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Publication information: Article title: States of Despair. Contributors: Albright, Brian - Author. Magazine title: Behavioral Healthcare. Volume: 29. Issue: 9 Publication date: October 2009. Page number: 16+. © 2009 Vendome Group LLC. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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