Health groups concerned about budget cuts

The budget cuts announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday have many nonprofit mental health organizations concerned.

The budget cuts announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday have many nonprofit mental health organizations concerned.

The budget cuts announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday have many nonprofit mental health organizations concerned. (9/18/15)

WESTPORT - The budget cuts announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday have many nonprofit mental health organizations concerned.

More than $8 million in funding for mental health and additional services has been cut.

Westport-based Positive Directions Executive Director Basil Hero says the cuts could interfere with programs that help drug addicts get clean, as well as programs aimed at keeping local teens away from alcohol, drugs and other risky behavior.

Hero says cuts to mental health programs combined with the $63 million cut to Medicaid funding is likely to leave people who need mental health help without it.

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