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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Social and Health Services is making cuts to several of its programs for the poor and elderly as it slashes nearly $281 million from its budget.
The state agency announced details of the cuts ahead of a Friday deadline imposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this month.
Gregoire ordered the cuts in order to deal with the state's growing deficit in the two-year budget ending in July 2011. The state also faces a potential deficit heading into the next two-year cycle.
The across-the-board cuts of 6.3 percent affect most of state government.
DSHS says cuts include eliminating 30 inpatient beds at Western State Hospital, reductions in services for mentally ill clients and reduced money to nursing homes.
HERE'S WHAT SOME OF YOU ARE SAYING ON FACEBOOK:
Terri Wow that is insane. Cut your budget instead
Tina Lynn Sutton That's not fair to us that are mentally ill. Im disabled and on a tight budget. The governer dont care about us mentally ill and disabled people.
Paulette Oots-Robbins I don't feel sorry for those that are using and abusing the system, But those who are really in need of the help for there children will suffer even more.....
Jody Lynn Hill all of the crimes aginst children and elderly and emotionally challenged and you are going to CUT the programs that check on them and in a sense protect them. And allow them to live as normal life as possible ... the people we vote into office are INSANE!
Paulette Oots-Robbins Gregoire ordered this....Why am I not suprised ?? If they were to cut into her budget they would be able to balance the whole state deficit....
Steph Belnap Terrible. Maybe she should take a paycut, lose some benefits as the MOST of us have done, that are PAYING her wage!
John Springer THEY NEED TO DRUG TEST PEOPLE ON THOSE PROGRAMS!!!!! So many shady people and drug addicts that get that help. I see what some of those people buy in the stores.(Ive seen two diffrent times A guy at Safeway on Mission Spend over 200.00 just on candy bars!! He looked all meth out hum Glad to be supporting his habit NOT!!!) Make me sick and mad that my tax money gos to these people. Ya I believe people need help but I bet 1/2 of them our on drugs also!!!
Todd Wagner Most individuals don't realize this, but Washington State ranks dead last with psychiatric inpatient beds. Dead last means Washington State was 51st in the nation, as they counted the District of Columbia. This was a 2006 study done by th...e American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database in conjunction with SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration). As a practicing Designated Mental Health Professional here in Washington State, I can attest that there are times that individuals with mental illness sit in jail cells and hospital emergency rooms for days on end, waiting for one of the rare psychiatric hospital beds to become available.
Arlene Nelson Yes cut Gregoire's pay check and all politics pay checks and see how fast they want to be voted into office. It would help the state buget. But also check into the uses and abusers of the system I have seen the people that have been born an...d breed into using the system and they have it down pat. They know every loop hole there is and it is passed down. Drug addicts know it to and should not be allowed to use the system. I as a tax payer am very tired of supporting over payed politician , lazy system users ( I care about the people who need the system), and drug addicts. I am also tried of supporting criminals on in prison if they are guilty excute of murder, rape, child abuse, excute them.
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