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Southeastern Center for Mental Health might get extra funds

The Southeastern Mental Health funding crisis is now in the hands of state legislators and New Hanover County Commissioners. The local legislative delegation wrote a letter to the commissioners asking them to release money to help bring back vital services for those with developmental disabilities. They requested two million dollars would help local mental health agencies get through the rest of the year. This money would come from the five million that Southeastern initially asked the commissioners to hold onto for the construction of a new building. Commissioners have been reluctant to release the money without a firm financial plan from Southeastern. Bill Kopp, county commissioner said, "Southeastern Mental Health board has asked us to hold these funds, until the State Dept. in charge of mental health does an evaluation of the mental health operation." Commissioners will meet with mental health agencies on Monday to get feedback and suggestions on what to do with the money, now that it has been requested.

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