Health Services Face Big Budget Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Sacramento County budget proposal includes about $32 million in cuts to primary care, social and mental health services. County Health and Human Services director Lynn Frank says the reductions will mainly affect the poor and disadvantaged.  
Frank: “There isn’t anything that we can do to prepare, it’s going to be difficult on clients and it’s going to be difficult on the staff that are left and you know some of them are going to be sicker by the time they get in to see us so that’s a concern.” 
Frank says three of the county’s seven health clinics could be closed. She says patients would have longer wait times. And she says staff would experience higher demand with fewer resources.

The County Board of Supervisors will hear testimony next week on the proposed cuts. The budget approval deadline is June 30.