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State Budget Boosts Public Health

Feb 15, 2018

 


Lawmakers passed a $6.3 billion budget Wednesday night. One billion of that will go to behavioral health care and the Department of Health.

 

Health workers would get a raise, and anti-smoking programs would see a multimillion-dollar boost.

Five-hundred thousand dollars was set aside specifically to make behavioral health treatment more widely available. Democratic Representative Debbie Armstrong voted in favor of the bipartisan budget.

 

"Some of the things we’ve had to cut over the years, I think we were able to restore," she said. "So I hope that will at least move us back in the right direction."

 

Armstrong sponsored some memorials to try and expand treatment options for opioid addiction. The Secretary of Health would have to approve them.