In the days following the passing of the the State's budget, state agencies and departments are still working on the details and researching the impact the new budget will have. Regional mental health agencies quickly learned the new budget meant that an adjustment would be needed to brace for $110 million in funding cuts across the state.
North Carolina is comprised of eight regional mental health agencies, including Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, which oversees the 23 westernmost counties in the state. The $110 million funding cut will vary from regional agency to regional agency, based on that agency's fund balance.
Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, who was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the state's task force on Mental Health, explained that the funding cut was passed down by the state because of the amount of money being held in the mental health agency's respective fund balances.