A Cabinet member told Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday that cutting spending for mental health services in the state is like "cutting little pieces of the fingers off." Jeff Woods has the story for The City Paper:
Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney described $15 million in potential cuts in the state's mental health and alcohol and drug abuse services. Most of those programs were paid for this past year with federal economic stimulus money.
“With this safety net, we can’t just keep cutting little pieces of the fingers off," Varney told the governor. "Pretty soon the hands won’t work. I think we may have to decide to cut a finger off here or there, and that’s what we do. At least the hands will still work.”
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