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GOP health budget cuts mental health, social programs

The proposed Health and Human Services budget introduced by legislative Republicans Tuesday makes deep cuts beyond the trims proposed by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.

Among the differences:

  • Mental Health Trust Fund, eliminates $75 million increase proposed by Perdue
  • More at Four, cut by $6.4 million
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention, moves its $1.4 million funding to another source
  • NC FAST (Families Accessing Services through Technology), eliminates  $9.6 million increase proposed by Perdue

Renee McCoy, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said Tuesday evening that agency administrators are still absorbing the details of the GOP proposal.

"But we can tell you Governor Perdue’s budget is designed to preserve core services while making cuts in areas that had the least impact on direct patient care along with vital services and programs," she said in an e-mail.

CORRECTION: The items in bold were incorrectly represented in an earlier Dome post.

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