The Legislature is set to put into motion massive cuts to public health funding. These cuts come on the heels of a mounting public health crisis in Montana. Over the last several years our state has seen a rise in suicide, childhood mental illness, foster care numbers, and a growing drug epidemic.
In response to the concerns of our families and local teams, Youth Dynamics has no plans to suspend services or lay off staff in any of our 31 locations. We will not turn our back on vulnerable children in need of support or allow our teams to live in fear. We are concerned about the pending cuts to public health funding, but we will conduct business as usual by continuing to search for efficiencies internally and alternative sources of funding.
Youth Dynamics is concerned our Legislature's decision could have a long-term negative impact on our state. We have a vested interest in Montana, and would like to work with the Department of Public Health and Human Services on how to best manage the budget cuts to ensure the best outcomes for Montana.
Peter Degel is the chief executive officer of Youth Dynamics.