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The Governor’s proposed budget combines programs for community mental health services, community services for intellectually disabled, behavioral health services initiative (BHSI), homeless supports, health care supports, treatment for addictions and special programs for abused children into a Block grant.  Counties are then given the responsibility of deciding how the 20% cuts are to be made.  Note: There are contractual obligations which preclude total flexibility in the reduction of service process.

 Cuts to these programs affect: 

Ř   Prison diversion programs, which help keep persons with mental illness out of county and state prisons

Ř   Prison “re-entry” programs, for persons with mental illness who are being released into the community

Ř   Specialized Residences for homeless persons with mental illness

Ř   Training for police departments and others involved in criminal justice system, to help them better understand the disease and develop “de-escalation” techniques to avoid more serious situations

Ř   Training for district magistrates

Ř   Training for school administrators and teachers to help them better understand the disease and develop skills and services that better manage the disease and keep “at-risk” students out of more costly, residential programs

Ř   “Peer to Peer” programs to help persons with mental illness better understand the disease, better manage the disease, and help ensure those individuals with mental illness stay engaged in treatment  and out of more costly treatment settings, such as emergency rooms, inpatient facilities, prisons or on the street

Ř   “Family to Family” programs that help families better understand mental illness and provide appropriate support for their family member, which helps reduce the need for more costly institutional care

Ř   Family and Consumer support groups that are modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous

Ř   BASICS, which is a specialized training program for families with children

Ř   School-based behavioral health programs that work collaboratively with parents to help reduce the need to place children in residential treatment facilities (community based services have helped reduce out-of-home placement by 57 percent)

Ř   Support programs for older persons who need mental health services

Ř   Faith-based training for ministers and church leaders to help them provide support within their church community

Ř   Forensic Interagency Task Force, which facilitates communications between state and county agencies, various state agencies, providers and advocates to improve and better coordinate mental health services, to reduce overlap and create a more efficient system


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