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Mental Health Care Budget Cuts In Washtenaw County Under Discussion

Feb 3, 2016

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and mental health care will be a main topic.


The board will discuss how to reduce its budget for mental health services after the State of Michigan decided to cut the county's funding.  An original proposal included privatizing the services.

Commissioner Yousef Rabhi is against that idea and is concerned about pay cuts.  He says the state is basically telling them to pay mental health care workers close to minimum wage to make budget, an option he does not support.

To help reduce the budget, furlough days have also been suggested.   

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