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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CA Budget Cuts

Laura Shumaker writes at The San Francisco Chronicle:

On October 8, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger executed nearly $1 billion in line-item vetoes to the recently approved state budget, including 132 million in funds for AB 3632 Mental Health Services for Students.

Approximately 20,000 special education pupils receive mental health services under the AB 3632 program. Services provided include mental health assessments, case management, individual and group therapy, rehabilitative counseling, day treatment, and medication support. With the Governor's veto, services will be denied or thrown into disarray for thousands of children with disabilities and mental health needs, including children with autism spectrum disorders.

See a factsheet from Disability Rights California