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Mental health will emerge unscathed

Cuts to Linn County’s mental health system were revealed this morning at the Linn County Supervisors meeting.

I reported Feb. 2 that mental health departments across the state faced some tough decisions, and people with mental disabilities faced the possibility of losing part of their safety net.

It won’t be as bad as all that, and no, just as with the rest of county government, nobody is getting laid off.

Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services must cut $473,105. The biggest cut will be $280,000 for depression medication. Some 300 who get depression medication through the county will no longer be able to, though MHDD Director Craig Wood said they should be able to get the medication through free samples and free clinics.

The rest of the cuts are small, or involve letting agencies like Goodwill pick up the slack.

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