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Workers as well as clients affected by cuts

August 27, 2003

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As of the end of July, county drug and alcohol programs, or contract providers for counties, reported that 494 people had been laid off in those programs, according to figures provided by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Thirty-nine programs have closed and 100 more reported their capacities had been reduced between 15 percent and 90 percent, according to the association, which estimated that 29,000 clients or potential clients had been affected.

Reductions in state funding for the Human Services Development Fund resulted in another 592 jobs lost, 293 programs closed and approximately 330,000 "units of service" not provided to clients, say association figures.

Human Services Development Fund programs primarily benefit people between the ages of 18 and 59 who do not qualify for assistance through programs for youths and senior citizens, according to Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Plummer.

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