Belt-Tightening at Pikes Peak Mental Health

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The Pikes Peak Mental Health center in Colorado Springs says it will probably end up serving 250 fewer patients as it tries to trim $2 million from its budget.

Chief operating officer Sharon Raggio says the 10 percent budget cut will affect low-income and indigent patients. It will also force 43 staff positions to be left unfilled, cut or reduced.

Pikes Peak is one of many agencies statewide dealing with cuts made by state lawmakers to balance Colorado's budget. Mental Health Corporation of Denver has cut 400 clients and officials say 70 people will lose services at Larimer Center for Mental Health.