By Addie Goss
Laramie, WY – Counseling centers in Wyoming are facing budget cuts at the same time more clients are asking for help. Like other state agencies, the mental health division of the Department of Health may have to reduce its budget by about ten percent this summer.
Meantime, Division director Rodger McDaniel says Wyoming people are losing their jobs, more people are becoming homeless and every day the national news brings something grim. "We have kind of the perfect storm," McDaniel said. "We have all of the anxiety-raising things nationally and in the state. At the same time it appears we will have budget cuts."
McDaniel says it's likely that people who are suffering from mental illness will not be able to access care, at least immediately. But, he says, that's nothing new: many counseling centers in Wyoming have had long wait-lists for years.