Legislative leaders agreed to cut $8.4 million in funds for mental health services for children Thursday, but only after criticizing the Department of Human Resources' handling of the state's crisis in mental health care.
"I am not confident we have a strategy on mental health," said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who added that DHR's mental health spending should be audited. "I think we have somewhat been placed in a bind."
Members of the Fiscal Affairs Committee voted 8-4 to shift funding for mental health services to other programs in the state Department of Human Resources to meet administrative expenses and cover funding deficits.
For more about how you don't really need an entire General Assembly to divide up a few dozen billion dollars, see this post from last year.
By the way, Lucid Idiocy the blog is now more than one year old. Lucid Idiocy in concept, and action, is much, much older.