Mental Health Dept. $400,000 in the red

NORWICH – A recently announced 2007 deficit reported by the Chenango County Mental Hygiene Services Department understated the amount by $151,000, leaving this year’s budget in the red by nearly $400,000.

Director Mary Ann Spryn said Wednesday that she remains “optimistic” that the New York State Department of Health would refund all but approximately $45,400. The remaining amount is the result of Medicaid take-backs from 2004 and 2005 that the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services considered overpayments based on the county’s revenues, she said.

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