Mental health services are being scaled back in western Michigan as a regional board struggles with a budget deficit.

Network 180 in Kent County is facing a $10 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016-17. The Lakeshore Regional Entity shortfall is estimated to be as much as $23 million. Network 180 expects to reduce expenses by about $2.8 million by cutting services, eliminating 17 jobs and freezing hiring for another 15 positions.

Network 180 coordinates services for people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance-abuse disorders. It began seeing a growing number of patients leaving traditional Medicaid in favor of the Healthy Michigan Plan in 2017. The dip in enrollment means a decrease in reimbursements.

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