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Analysis: Obamacare won’t replace Connecticut’s mental health cuts

This is a photo of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Patricia Rehmer

An early analysis suggests that the assumptions behind a $15.2 million cut to mental health and substance abuse treatment services in this year’s budget aren’t being realized and could leave some service providers with significantly less funding than lawmakers intended. Continue Reading →

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CT mental health clinics brace for state cuts tied to Obamacare

This is a photo of Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Patricia Rehmer, whose agency has tried to shield providers from the first round of cuts.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has touted a proposal to increase spending on mental health services, agencies that run mental health and substance abuse clinics are bracing for more than $10 million in cuts to state grants starting July 1. And they say the cut could mean treating fewer people. Continue Reading →

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Nonprofits try again to make their case: ‘We’re at a breaking point’

“I’ve had legislators say to me, ‘Pat, every year you come to me and you tell me how difficult it is, but you’re still in business,'” said Patrick J. Johnson, president of Oak Hill, which serves people with disabilities. “And I think as long as we continue to provide the services on the backs of our employees, because that’s how we’re doing it, then the world goes on.” Continue Reading →

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