Health minister Jim Reiter says the Saskatchewan government is backtracking on a planned funding cut to community-based organizations such as mobile crisis services, detox facilities and youth centers. Reiter says the province has decided after a review not to go ahead with the 10 percent funding cut.
Reiter says the consultation provided a clear picture of services offered and the potential impact on people of any funding cut.
About 60 community organizations received money from health regions this year to provide services such as harm reduction programs, and mental health and addictions support.
The government has already backtracked – amid public outcry – on budget plans to cut funding for libraries and for funeral services for poor people.