With the province’s decision to cancel plans to cut community based organizations funding by ten per-cent, the Executive Director of Pine Lodge in Indian Head says, while they are happy to know their funding will continue, they were prepared to support the provinces decision.
Foster Monson said they know sacrifices need to go both ways when it comes to reducing the provinces current financial situation.
“We recognized that there was some difficulty in the province right now with respect to budgeting, and that the province may have needed our help in some way and we were certainly willing to cooperate. They’ve always cooperated with us for 30 some years in terms of funding, so it wasn’t really something that we considered to be an absolute hardship,” Monson said.
Implemented in the budget was a ten per-cent reduction to CBO funding that was expected to save the province 1.5-million dollars.
Last week Health Minister Jim Reiter said a review and consultation found that it would be detox facilities and mental health services that would be hit hardest with the reduction.
Reiter said the province felt that was not the right way to save money, which was the main driver to reverse the decision.
Monson added while losing the money wouldn’t have been a hardship, they certainly would have felt the pinch.
“Any money that comes to us certainly is spent, I mean most of our expenses are fixed, and so there would have had to have been some changes made in our budgeting process for one thing that is absolute. So it’s good news that hasn’t happened,” Monson continued.