(Asheville Citizen Times) Budget cuts are forcing a local organization that serves people with developmental disabilities to reduce some of its services, according to the group’s director.
Liberty Corner Enterprises, a nonprofit providing residential and vocational services to people with developmental disabilities, has absorbed $250,000 in cuts in the last six months, according to Mike Sink, executive director.
Adding to the problem are delays in payments from the Western Highlands Network, Sink said.
“I think it would be safe to say it’s putting our long-term sustainability in jeopardy,” Sink said.
The cuts are coming from Western Highlands, which has oversight for state-paid and Medicaid-paid mental health services in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties.
The organization works with providers like Liberty Corner that offer a range of mental health services.
Donald Reuss, director of provider network operations for Western Highlands, said the cuts are not connected to Western Highlands well-publicized cost overruns and budget deficit in the federal Medicaid program.
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