August 3, 2010
The Department of State Health Services recently released a proposal to cut more than $240 million in mental health.
Proposed cuts would affect community mental health services, substance addiction services, and state hospital systems. If reductions are implemented by legislature, more than 20,000 Texans could lose access to mental health care statewide.
Beth Lawson, Associate CEO of Lubbock Regional MHMR says Lubbock could see a 10 to 12 percent cut in funding. Lubbock MHMR is already in the process of making cuts. As a result of the cuts in progress, more than 400 adults and children are being discharged from services. Specifically, Sunrise Canyon Hospital could lose more than $400,000 in funding.