Community Services Board Gets Some Back

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

One agency hit hard by the state budget cuts last year was the community services board. But WHSV found out a recent move by the general assembly has gotten some of that money back.

The Community Services Board provides a variety of important services to almost 3,000 people in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area.

"Our mission is to provide services to three main groups," says David She, Director of Community Support Services. "One is people with mental illness, the second is people with mental retardation and the third is people with drug and alcohol problems."

But the CSB has had its budget cut by nearly half a million dollars since January of 2002. That's led to hiring freezes and a reduction in services.

"We were one of a number agencies who share the burden of the state's reduced tax revenues," explains Shue. "Although it was not a cut we were happy about, we also did get some funding restored through the General Assembly."

Money totaling $40,000 was recently approved by the county supervisors. The county and city also increased the CSB's budget by 24-percent to try and offset the cuts.

"I think it's fair to say that the city and county have always had a particular interest in children services and so when they increased their support we made sure that we focused some of that on restoring some kids' services," says Shue.

The $40,000 will go to a program called pace, which helps kids that are born with developmental delays or learning difficulties. Shue says one good result of the budget cuts was it helped focus attention on segments of the population that are often ignored.


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