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Mental health cuts threaten treatment system, providers say

Heather Gates (left) and Raymond Gorman listen to Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials explain their budget situation to legislators. Both say cuts to mental health and substance abuse treatment funds could mean cuts to programs or client access.

Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers say they’re planning to limit access to programs if a proposed $25.5 million cut to grant funding goes through. A recent analysis by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says even with more insured clients, the providers will only be able to make up a fraction of the proposed grant cuts. But the governor’s budget director said funding those grants is “a luxury that we can’t afford right now.” Continue Reading →

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Providers, advocates call Malloy Medicaid cuts short-sighted

This is a photo of Sheila Amdur

Critics say Malloy’s proposal to cut Medicaid is financially short-sighted and threatens to undermine recent progress in a program that has added thousands of new members as part of the federal health law, expanded the network of providers willing to treat them, and reduced its per-client costs. Continue Reading →

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Breaking down a 300-page ‘implementer’ bill

Budget implementer bill, 2014-15

Many policies get created or changed through an end-of-session bill known as an implementer — a voluminous piece of legislation needed to enact the policy changes that go with the state budget. It also typically holds a wide range of other amendments added by the party in power. Here’s what’s in this year’s implementer. Continue Reading →

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