Alabama lawmakers assign $11 million for behavioral health services

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey said Alabama lawmakers have set aside $11 million in the recently passed budgets for behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible children.

The funding is aimed at expanding community and home-based services, AL.com reported. It’s being offered by the Alabama Department of Mental Health for children and youth with severe emotional disturbance and those with autism spectrum disorder.

“These are needed services that I believe will help many of our children and youth live happier, more productive lives,” Ivey said in a statement. “At the same time, these services will help us save money in other areas. This proves that in Alabama, we can be both compassionate and good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

It is easy to be compassionate with the money of others.

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