The state made the decision to switch from institution care to local programs more than a decade ago.
Sen. Paul Schumacher says that while the state has saved money by closing regional centers, local programs haven’t received enough funding. Schumacher says that’s led to a “real deficiency” in mental health services, particularly in rural communities.
Sen. John Stinner says there isn’t money in the budget to fund the programs. The state is projected to have a $195 million revenue shortfall for the 2017-19 budget.
Deputy Platte County Attorney Elizabeth Lay says the state needs to rethink its mental health care system and focus on individual care.