Health Cuts Addressed

October 16, 1991

State budget cuts will hurt personnel and services provided by the Carroll Health Department, deputy health officer Larry Leitch told yesterday's monthly meeting of the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol AbuseAdvisory Committee.

"Overall, the Carroll Health Department has lost $1.6 million in state funding, and that's in all of our categories," he said.

Leitch broke down the cuts as:

* $400,000 in the case-formula budget, which includes traditional public-health services, such as home health care and walk-in clinics.

* $1.1 million in drug-addictions programs.

* $80,000 in mental health services.

As far as personnel, 93 employees are expected to receive their pink slips as soon as this Friday.

"Right now, we are not sure about the cut in addictions," Leitch said. "The county may get some money back. That's what they are hashing out right now down at the state office."

He said he has major concerns about the cuts in addictions.

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