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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