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Mental health funding cuts stir outcry in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut state grants to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and some families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut.

Advocates say the Democratic governor's spending plan for next fiscal year reduces the grants by $25.5 million.

That money is used by private agencies to help cover patients without medical insurance and the gap between how much it costs to provide mental health services and the state's reimbursement for Medicaid patients. They're predicting layoffs and program closures.

One Newtown parent wrote a letter to Malloy and legislators, asking if the deaths ``mean nothing'' to them now.

Despite the proposed reduction, Malloy's budget still spends more on the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services than last year.

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