While parity took much of the attention at the state level, mental health funding took some serious hits. With revenues down as the nation slid into a recession, some state and local governments opted to cut programs that already were on the books. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft ordered state mental health agencies to cut their expenditures by 3% in October -- half of the percentage cuts ordered for other state agencies. In Michigan, state agencies were facing a budget cut of up to 10%. But in New Jersey, the governor announced a $110 million program to provide community mental health facilities.