Connecticut budget cutting scenario would reduce services for rape victims, mentally ill: 3 things to know

Potential budget cuts in Connecticut would mean fewer services for rape victims and children with mental illness, according to a Hartford Courant report.

The head of the state public health department and a number of other department leaders have submitted detailed estimates prognosticating on how a 10 percent budget cut could influence their respective departments, according to the article. The proposals offer an examination into the level of possible service cuts departments may have to endure as Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and lawmakers work to close a projected $1.3 billion budget shortfall in the next fiscal year.

Here are three things to know.

1. According to the public health department's proposal, there would be reduced support for primary care and behavioral health services at school based health clinics, according to the report.

2. The reduced support would result in an annual decrease of $512,807 in funding, which would lead to fewer staff hours, services and potential site closures, in turn reducing health services for school age children and adolescents.

3. About 1,134 fewer students would receive services if the cuts are implemented, the department said in the report.

 

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