State’s chopping block includes Philly disabled

30a5dd52c85fb29604c11cdae3217600

Philadelphia officials met to discuss the question of the proposed 2013 state budget’s impact on the city yesterday, and the answer was devastating.

“Frankly, I don’t know how we’re going to live with these cuts, especially in light of the cuts to our services in the last four years,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Donald Schwartz.

Overall, the city is looking at a $41-plus million loss in state assistance – about $7 million in cuts to public health services and $34 million in the form of a block grant to the Department of Human Services.

“Imagine taking dollars for community mental health services, programs for addiction, services for those who are intellectually disabled and the homeless, health care support and child welfare, put them all in one pot and cut them all by 20 percent,” Schwartz said when describing the block grant.

While about two-thirds of the block grant will affect community mental health services, Schwartz said the effects will spill over to ordinary Philadelphians. He expects a large increase in the city’s street, unserviced mentally ill and foster child populations, as well as more stress on the already-overburdened emergency medical and criminal justice systems.

“I’m very worried about what Philadelphia and the Commonwealth will look like in the future,” Schwartz said.

This all comes in addition to the proposed elimination of approximately $60 million the city currently receives through the Department of Public Welfare’s General Assistance, according to representatives from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

“The fight has just begun,”  attorney Jonathan Stein said. “Hopefully, people will wake up to how radical and major it is to cut a lifeline for an entire group of people.”

By the numbers

A look at what city officials describe as devastating consequences in the next year:

4,000
Fewer people helped at outpatient mental health services

1,500
Less addicts able to receive outpatient treatment and detoxification

3,000
Fewer intellectually disabled people living at home who can get support services

500-600
Fewer beds in mental health residential programs



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.