Several programs aiding troubled youths and seriously mentally ill adults will be eliminated or reduced July 1 under a proposal from county officials.

Ventura County Behavioral Health Director Elaine Crandall says she needs to cut $3 million because reserves are running low from a voter-approved income tax on millionaires amid new demands for funding housing, crisis care and services to foster youths.

“Our needs are shifting,” Crandall said this week.

Crandall shared her plans Monday with leaders of a community advisory board after weeks of committee discussions on where the cuts should be made. First Vice Chairman Jerry Harris said the decision was based on how well the programs are meeting contract requirements.

“This was a data-driven evaluation to determine how best to balance the budget,” Harris told members of the board’s executive committee at their meeting in Oxnard.

The money represents about 2 percent of the agency’s total budget of $180 million, but the reductions will still have an impact, Crandall said.

Here is a list of the proposed cuts from funds generated by a 1 percent tax on personal income above $1 million, known formally as the Mental Health Services Act.

  • $980,000 from a peer counseling program operated by Pacific Clinics that serves about 575 clients. Adults in recovery from serious mental illness help others grappling with psychiatric disorders. The equivalent of 10 jobs would be eliminated. The peer counselors may apply for the job of mental health associate offered in the agency.
  • $1.3 million that has funded a parenting program for school-age youths that operates at…
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