County's Mental Health could see large deficit

NORWICH - Although not all of the revenues are in, the first quarter budget results for the county’s mental health programs indicate a potential $93,000 year-end deficit.

“If you continue at this rate, you are going to have one whale of a shortfall,” Robert D. Briggs, Supervisor of the Town of Afton, said. Briggs was speaking to Chenango County Mental Hygiene Services Director Mary Ann Spryn who explained the situation to members of two standing committees this week.

Lawmakers have been keeping a keen eye on the department’s budget since February when it first learned about Medicaid take-backs from previous years that had left the department $45,400 short.

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