Budget woes force Valley Mental Health to cut up to 2,200 patients

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  • watchtheweather salt lake, UT
    July 9, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    to Keep em Honest: RIGHT ON. You are exactly correct. Valley has been straining to continue providing services with greatly reduced funds from Optum/united. Valley has streamlined, reduced waste, and now they are faced with having to reduce services. How can we expect them to provide services without being paid? Especially when Optum gets paid and provides nothing! It is simple: Optum is a middle man, and a very, very expensive one. They are For Profit, and they suck dollars out of the system. Salt Lake County pays them and then they turn around and contract with Valley to provide the services. Again, Optum provides nothing except profit to their stock holders and their employees. Where does the Optum profit come from? It comes on the backs of the patients and clients. Salt Lake County has really turned their backs on their citizens, and they should be ashamed. So should Optum/United..

  • wasatchpowder Sandy, UT
    June 30, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Excuse me Sandy, but if we cut up the patients, they're going to lock us up and throw away the key! -- Carl Spackler

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    June 28, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    From my experience in Weber and Davis Counties and United Health Care, there are a number of qualified mental health providers both private and non-profit for county residents. With this new Salt Lake County arrangement, hopefully Salt Lake clients will have greater options in obtaining counseling services without a decline in quality services.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 28, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    Sequester one IRS conference, and Obama's African vacation, than Valley Mental Health would not have to cut up to 2,200 patients.

    Thousands could go to college, while many others would gain health insurance.

  • Keep em honest Kaysville, UT
    June 28, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Use your brain on this one - Optum - For Profit - with shareholders steps in and immediately starts making cuts and calling them "Savings" - meanwhile - millions of dollars go to Optum for "managing the care" and that helps United stock prices and shareholders and just google and take a look at what their top executives make in salary and bonuses. Salt Lake County citizens and the providers of mental health in Salt Lake County - which is a lot more than just Valley Mental Health - keep being asked to cut costs and do more while Optum whistles all the way to the bank. So who has benefited the most from this relationship - not the clients, not the providers, even not Salt Lake County - I would look right at United and Optum.