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Impending Budget Cuts Could be Devastating for CMHA

CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman recently testified at the state Appropriations Committee Public Hearing regarding proposed budget cuts that could be devastating for CMHA, other providers, and our clients and communities. We'd like to share some thoughts and excerpts from his testimony:


Governor Malloy's latest budget has proposed cuts in nearly every area of health and human services. They are probably the deepest cuts in a generation and they come barely two years after Sandy Hook tragedies-after we promised to do a better job in mental health treatment.

These cuts will surely force community based behavioral health treatment providers to severely reduce and close treatment options to the most vulnerable persons in our state who have nowhere else to go.

With current Medicaid reimbursement rate, providers like CMHA are already losing $110 per hour for a therapy session and nearly $350 for a psychiatrist visit. Multi-million dollar cuts to these rates, coupled with proposed cuts of anywhere from $240,000-$320,000 to our DMHAS grants, will force CMHA to severely limit access to care for the most ill patients in Connecticut.  

We urge you to let your legislators know that these drastic cuts are completely unacceptable. Click here to contact your legislator.  

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