While the national economy is inching towards recovery, in our state unemployment is still a major problem and state general revenues are way below all projections for this year.
And so far next year is looking even worse. Our state has established its own priorities and unfortunately behavioral healthcare has taken several large cuts in funding. Particularly devastating is that the FMAP monies have been redirected from the community mental health centers where it was earned and plowed back into the general state budget.
Since these funding reductions are passed on directly to individual centers, like ours, we are placed in a similar situation of establishing internal priorities. Hard economic times force us to make our values explicit. As we plan on how best to weather these difficult times, maintaining the highest level and highest quality of client services must come first.
In order to do this, however, the organization must also be financially viable and able to comply with applicable laws and regulations. In our area the landscape is littered with well intentioned not-for-profits that have had to dissolve and not help anyone, because they ignored these simple realities.
As we try to develop a leaner and more efficient organization, client services must be in the forefront of our thinking at all times. Managing these difficult changes so that they best serve our mission of improving the quality of life for our clients is the challenge before us. If it was easy, anyone could do it.