Budget Cuts Will Close “C” Street Clinic
. Sacramento County Supervisors cut $6 million from the county’s health and human services budget at their February 11th meeting. $360,000 of those cuts include closing the Capitol Health Center on C Street and the North East Health Center on Auburn Blvd. These clinics serve more than 10,000 residents each year, many of those patients homeless and with chronic illnesses.
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After the clinic closures, patients will have to go to the Primary Care Center at 4600 Broadway, the South City Health Center or the Del Paso Health Center. These remaining clinics are already overburdened. The Primary Care Center often has to turn away walk-in patients that are told to return the next day. The dental clinic and TB testing service located in the Capitol Health Center is expected to be provided a new location before they are evicted from the Center. The special Saturday clinic may be allowed to stay longer than the weekday medical clinic closure.
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Supervisors also voted (not unanimously) to cut illegal immigrants from the county’s medically indigent program. There were concerns expressed that with this drastic cut, many illegal immigrants’ health will deteriorate, communicable
diseases may flourish, and there will be a huge burden to hospital emergency rooms.
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The supervisors cut a total of $2.4 million to the Department of Health Serves and $3.8 million from the Mental Health Division. With a total shortfall of $55 million, the Board of Supervisors will discuss many more cuts to, or possible borrowing for, other departments on March 3, 2009.

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