The Corbett administration says unexpectedly high costs to set up the newly created Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is preventing it from getting up and running, the AP reports.
A state Health Department spokeswoman said Thursday the establishment of a Cabinet-level department is “under review,” and a final decision won’t be made until state officials can determine if adequate resources are available. Many of the department’s projected functions are now performed by a bureau within the Health Department.
A state law was passed in 2010 to create the department on July 1, but so far that hasn’t happened.
Gov. Tom Corbett hasn’t announced a choice for department secretary.
Corbett spokeswoman Kirsten Page says state budget pressures make it “an odd time to create more bureaucracy.”