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Proposed state cuts in mental health services spur suit

By Karen Langley, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau /

HARRISBURG -- Advocates for people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Gov. Tom Corbett and executive agencies violated state law by requesting too little funding for services.

The governor has proposed combining funding for several public welfare programs, including services for mental illness and intellectual disabilities, into block grants for administration by the counties. The suit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, also charges that this blending of funds violates the same law because it does not allocate money specifically for services for mental illness and intellectual disabilities. 

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