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July 14, 2009

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER FUNDING

“Ed LeGrand, executive director of the Department of Mental Health, and I had a fruitful meeting today about funding for community mental health centers. We concluded that Ed’s staff and the Department of Finance and Administration will continue to work on this matter. Contrary to media reports of a $30 million funding shortfall, we believe there may be an $8 million to $10 million budget issue regarding the centers, which is something we agreed can be managed internally by the department until the Legislature returns in January. We also agreed the community mental health centers have to continue to pay their share of the Medicaid match as they have done historically.”