County Board Rejects Mental Health Cuts
The Fresno County Mental Health Board on Wednesday voted against several proposals to address a $15 million budget deficit in the county Department of Behavioral Health and offered no alternatives for addressing the shortfall, the Fresno Bee reports.
Most board members opposed proposals to reduce hours at rural clinics, contract with private companies for emergency services, eliminate support groups and end therapy services at the county jail.
Several board members suggested that the county should seek bids to determine whether hiring a private company for emergency services would save money.
The county Board of Supervisors will discuss the deficit and MHB's recommendations on Tuesday (Ginis, Fresno Bee, 2/23).