Blue Valley Behavioral Health makes annual county budget request

YORK – Blue Valley Behavioral Health made its annual budget request to the county board members, stating they are serving about 1,000 people in its York office for mental and substance abuse health matters.

The county has historically contributed $5,000 a year to the service and Blue Valley made the same request this year.

John Day made the presentation, saying 20% of the people being served in York are seeking services due to substance abuse. The rest are for mental health issues.

“The last couple of years, there has been a high demand for treatment and we’ve been able to expand our services in York,” Day said.

York County Commissioner Jack Sikes said he was “concerned about security down there at night. Most of those people are sent there by the court, not for singing too loud at the church. Maybe you need to look at having more personnel there at night. Some of those people are dangerous.”

Day said the agency has policies in place and all concerns are addressed.

The commissioners will consider the budget request during the process before it is approved in September.

 

 

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