Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioners Votes On Mental Health Budget

Sep 17, 2015

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

$26 million out of the $30 million in the budget will go to the Washtenaw Community Health Organization.

The rest will go to smaller projects such as service billings and programs with the Sheriff's office.

Erin McMahon has used the mental health services for over five years, she's glad the general services will be offered for another year.  Erin says it would be difficult for her to be independent without the help.

A lack of state funding has contributed to the budget issues. The budget could also cause the elimination of over twenty jobs in the mental health division.

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