Sequestration forces closure of Sitka center


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(AP) — A residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Sitka is closing, a victim of federal budget cuts.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://is.gd/teCu48) the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced that it has to close the Bill Brady Healing Center on April 30.

The cuts, known as sequestration, will eliminate about $3.5 million in funding to the consortium this year, and the healing center costs about $1.5 annually to operate. The funds come from Indian Health Service.

Most of the center's staff of about 20 will be assigned to other divisions. However, some will be furloughed until other positions open, and others will be laid off.

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