Officials Warn Lawmakers Cuts To Mental Health Services Will Hurt Georgians

Jan 24, 2020

Concerns over mental health services dominated the final day of budget hearings Thursday at the state capitol.

Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald told lawmakers that cuts to her agency would negatively impact the more than 200,000 people they serve.

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"We have a challenging budget," Fitzgerald said. "I want to acknowledge you all have been extremely supportive. I know many you care deeply about the people that we’re serving and I thank you for your support. The safety net is stretched to the max."

Lawmakers also heard from several other health-related agencies about their proposals to trim spending. That includes a plan from the Division of Family and Children Services to hold open more than 200 unfilled jobs.

GPB is a state agency that receives some funding from the state of Georgia.