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NC Mental Health Association slashes workers' pay

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Workers at the North Carolina Mental Health Association are getting only half of their usual pay because of the organization's financial problems.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported more than 200 employees of the state's oldest mental health advocacy group got a memo that Friday's paycheck would be 50 percent of their normal pay.

Interim executive director Christine Foppiano says she can't talk about the situation.

Foppiano took over last week when John Tote was named director of mental health for the state Department of Health and Human Services. Tote withdrew Monday following reports the association faces IRS tax liens.

The association receives millions of taxpayer dollars to provide services and housing to about 2,500 people who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill.

Information from: The News & Observer

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