Behavioral Health Could Fall Victim To Budget Cuts

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

People with strong addictions, behavioral problems or other mental disabilities, may be denied proper care due to budget cuts.

On Tuesday a house appropriation subcommittee for Human and Health services proposed to cut half of it's 4 billion dollar budget for various health services.

Sean Kenny is the Director at Eastern Carolina Case Management in Winterville. It's a company that helps people with mental disabilities, behavioral issues, and drug addiction. He says the budget cuts could eliminate hundreds of jobs in the east and thousands of jobs across the state and have a larger impact on people who need community support services.

Kenny says the fate of these programs will take place on Thursday when the house committee is scheduled to make a final vote on the proposed budget cuts


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  • by Airic Location: Winterville on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    I think it would be a travesty if the state of NC takes away any budget money from Health and Human Services. Not only would people not get the services they need, thousands of NC jobs would be lost. Please call your NC Representative.
  • by Alice Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    When are the Dems Libs going to stop blaming Bush it is getting old. No he did not start Aids or Cancer. MC Says " The Democrats are only trying to clean up what the BUSH caused." If you remember Obama's Stimulas Plan? to help Human and Health services. Where did all the money go? Obama is Pres. now evertthing thats happends to us American is on him now. We do not hate anybody we just want the truth.
  • by MC Location: G'ville on Jun 3, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    I totally agree with East Coast Mentor- support workers and case managers do a lot for people who need behavioral services. But I am lost...the recession began in 2007. This thing did not happen over night or in January when Mr. Obama became president. The Democrats are only trying to clean up what the BUSH caused. Please remember that!! If McCain won, would you blame him for something that began BEFORE he got into office???? Quit hating and pray for our nation..because we're all suffering in this together.
  • by marcia Location: kinston on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    in my 26 yrs of mental health employment this made me cry; imagine what our consumers are going to do! call gov perdue @ 919-733-4240 or fax her @ 919-733-2120!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    This is the price of getting factories on their feet? The whole Obama, Perdue relationship is killing us. Democrats have created this for themselves not the businesses.Democrats can only blame themselves for this after all they were the ones who called Obama "Robin Hood." This keeps on and we will need to "rob the hood" because they are not doing a darn thing and getting more money than i am working with a degree. I don't want home boy milashaka down the street to get my money! But as faithful democrats you have an excuse. But hey i'd rather see high gas prices "McCain" and have a job then lose my job "NObama" and still be expected to pay. Where's my hadout? Am i going to pay for the hood's Lexus or Escalade while i drive an 18 thousand dollar car? I might as well quit my job knock someone up with 15 babies and become rich. I'm so proud of you democrats again trashing morality. O trust me vengence is coming!
  • by katy Location: gville on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    okay, who do we need to contact immediately besides our congressmen to protest this decision... this idea makes no sense at all. Its always the people that have no clue about what is going on in the real world that make these kind of decisions. Maybe they should contact experts in the field, or better yet.... (this is rocket science)...... ask a family member about denying healthcare for their mentally ill child/teen or relative with a substance abuse issue.... GEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, the country is getting dumber every day.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 3, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    THere were no budget cuts when Pres. Bush was in office
  • by Smart Location: here on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:44 AM
    I am saying this sarcastically===keep taking from the ones that can't help themselves and we will see what kind of world our new Democrats have created.
  • by M Location: Washington on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    Great, let's create more work for the local police and deputies. That's just what we need, more unstable people off their meds! What are they thinking?
  • by Lost Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    This is ridiculous! There are so many implications on our community if you do not assist these individuals to become effective community members. Drug use increases, violence increases, and people who need help with mental disabilities are left helpless!
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