Colorado West Hit by Budget Cuts, Employees Could Lose Their Jobs

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Colorado West Mental Health says it will lose about $500,000 as state leaders struggle to balance the budget.

Colorado West Mental Health CEO Sharon Raggio tells 11 News a program to help at risk youth that leave the Division of Youth Corrections will be cut, saving the state $250,000.

She says the program is designed to help those youth with mental or substance abuse problems and keep them from re-entering the system. Last year, 95 youth went through the program and only one ended back at the DYC.

Raggio says Colorado West did hire some staff specifically for that program, and right now the center is evaluating their needs in light of the cuts -- which could include layoffs.

"As an organization, we have to take actions to make sure we protect it and keep it viable," said Raggio.

Raggio says the additional $250,000 will come from cuts to Medicaid reimbursements. Colorado West's rates were cut 2.5 percent.

She says any cuts are hard, but that they could have been worse.

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