Mental health facilities may face budget crunch

Published 12:24 am Friday, June 26, 2009

Mental health facilities across Mississippi are making contingency plan for future possible cuts in state funding.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health officials say 11 mental health facilities could see less money if the agency funding is significantly reduced in the next fiscal year.

Gov. Haley Barbour cut MDMH’s $630 million budget in January by 5 percent or more than $30 million.

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Officials say the 11 facilities, which include sever crisis intervention centers, operate solely on state money and receive no Medicaid matching funds.