Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DHR Forges $61.4 M Cuts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DHR Forges $61.4 M Cuts

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ATLANTA -- Programs that help the homeless, disabled and

mentally ill absorbed sharp cuts in a money-saving plan sent

yesterday to the governor and legislators.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources approved $61.4

million in cuts as part of Gov. Zell Miller's directive for

agencies to redirect 5 percent of their spending out of

ineffective or low-priority uses.

The cuts include eliminating $56,000 worth of contract services

for speech therapy for handicapped and mentally retarded

citizens in Glynn and Camden counties.

DHR Commissioner Tommy Olmstead said the reductions were

targeted at contracts with outside consultants and will result

in few, if any, lost jobs.

"Cutting is not an easy task. Asking for money is a whole lot

easier," said Olmstead, who got the spending plan approved

yesterday by his agency's governing board at a meeting in Macon.

The spending plan diverts $14.9 million out of programs to

treat the mentally ill or mentally retarded in hospitals,

instead offering less expensive outpatient care that might be

available closer to home.

Overall, the budget is $1.26 billion, a 2.5 percent increase

over the current year thanks to the growing "Work First"

program, which attempts to find jobs for people on welfare.

The budget is based on the assumption that 7,100 fewer

families, at an average cost of $243 per month, will be on

welfare next year because of a brightening economy and more

emphasis on helping people get work.

It still faces scrutiny from the governor, then will be

submitted to the General Assembly in January.

Among the largest reductions are:

$4.78 million from grants to local health departments, a

figure partly offset by an increase in grants for birth control

and family planning counseling. …

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