POSTED: 6:35 am EDT April 2, 2008
UPDATED: 11:00 am EDT April 2, 2008

SACO, Maine — In the wake of the Legislature’s plan to balance the state’s budget, many social service and mental health organizations are left to figure out how they will continue to provide services.

Representatives of Sweetser, which provides behavioral and mental health services for children, adults and families, said the $65 million cut to the Department of Health and Human Services will force them to close their therapy and medication management programs in Saco and Waterville and lay off 60 employees.

The move will affect an estimated 2,000 clients, who will be treated at Sweetser’s Brunswick facility and other programs in the state.

Sweetser’s Cindy Fagan told News 8, “The cuts to mental health have been deep cuts, and we have done all we can do to become more efficient, and we are cutting into the bone now.”
The two programs are scheduled to close in May.

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