Mental Health Coalition Seeks Help From Perdue

North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue said the state has found $15 million to help the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and substance just hours before advocates for those groups planned a news conference to criticize spending cuts.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday that the state Department of Health and Human Services identified $15 million to help community services.

A group of advocates called The Coalition planned a news conference Wednesday to ask Perdue restore that money, which she withheld from the local mental health offices.

They also will ask Perdue to find the money to block $400 million in spending cuts and to call legislators back to Raleigh so they can fix some of the problems.

Advocates say private and nonprofit treatment providers have quit offering some services because the state's payment rates have been reduced.

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  • by Tina on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    The clients will take the 15 million - WE WANT MORE - how much do you think clients will ever even see of that money. LME's have taken cuts in service provision sections however, have not received any cuts in their administration - furthermore, there are LME's that not too long ago gave retention bonuses to all employees while they were divesting their services. This was literally millions that the state and the newspapers were notified about and ABSOLUTELY nothing was done! There are always more and more barriers put up by either the state or the LME's, DHSR, How much more can providers take with monitoring, accreditation, endorsement, licensure, report cards, rate cuts, CSS cuts, increase in paperwork, enhanced providers having to do more with PCP's with no additional $ and take a 5 to 9% cut. This is not acceptable BEV. You need to keep digging. I bet there is a lot more money that can be found. We can fix the parks and beaches later. Lets work on the people!!!!!!
  • by BC Location: Morganton on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    It's just amazing to me that the people making the decisions for the children, teens, and adults that we serve have no idea what services they are being provided with, what the purpose of those services are, and how those Mental Health services improve our communities. Taking away mental health services is DANGEROUS, people can/will suffer, and people can/will get hurt. It's unfortunate that others don't see that on the horizon. And to speak to the earlier comments about CSS services and even generalize it to all service providers. We all know there are corrupt providers that have worked the system for only financial gain. There are also those who just provide crappy services to their clients. Those providers should suffer, not those providers (like the one I work for) who provide needed, and quality care for the clients. There is a way to restructure the system and weed out the providers that don't provide good services without harming the clients they serve! do you "find" $15 million dollars?
  • by Douglas Location: Morganton, NC on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    I am the Program Director for residential services for children with mental illness, sexual reactivity and children that are sex offending. The state is now saying that these kids are to be served and treated in 90 days and then discharged back to the community or back to foster care - it is virtually impossible to restructure and re-program the clients distortions and problemmatic behavior in such a short period of time. Yes, these clients are sex offenders but they are also VICTIMS of severe abuse and neglect! Furthermore, putting them back into the community poses a HIGH RISK of other victims that will also need treatment. The state adds more requirements and cuts the rates - Residential 5% cut and Day Programs - 9% cut. We need a new administration from the governor all the way to the DHHS service system. Someone that focuses on the needs of the mentally ill and their families. Amazing that 15 million was found - did Bev take it from her hometown beach refurbishing - HMMMMMM??
  • by Stop already on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    CSS is not the problem. The case management portion of CSS is invaluable for individuals with mental illnesses as it links them the most clinically appropriate service. The service has been revamped and I doubt that you'll find any family member taking a relative to the movies for 60 dollars an hour (this hasn't happened in years). Your post is filled with the same erroneous garbage that people who have no clue as to what they're talking about post every time there's a story about mental health. The PROBLEM here is that thousands of North Carolinians are about to go with any mental health services period.
  • by gville man Location: gville on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    The problem here is CSS which provides a case worker to a teenager. The state was paying between 50-60 per hour for these community support caseworks to take their "clients" to the mall, movies, and play basketball. We had students at our school whose casework was their daddy or their aunt. If we really want to save money, we need to go after the fraud first. Finally, I would like WITN to investigate "The Coalition" to see how many of their members have gotten rich off of community support services that our hard earned tax dollars have paid for. I'm all for helping needy people, but to pay a family member a share of $60 per hour to take their nephew to the movies is just plain ludacris. This program is rampant with fraud and needs to be shut down now.
  • by Lee Location: Kinston on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    Isn't that amazing...I lost a set of car keys 3 years ago, and still can't find them...but good ol' Bev baby...she was able to "find" 15 million. Thanks Bev...15 million will go along way in helping me provide some much needed services to those with developmental disabilities...they need those services badly!
  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    FOUND 15 MILLION??? like it was just laying around and you tripped over it?? gosh bev,,,something stinks here. what say you LAVON?? chime in BARLOW,,( the gov't employes)
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaen on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Well, whadda know?? Threaten a news conference to go after the Gov. and suddenly money appears. How much more do you suppose she had squirreled away??
  • by earl Location: williamston on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    Wonder how many other millions the state has got hidden away just waiting to oil the wheel that squeals the loudest.

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