D.C. mental health department scolded for BlackBerry spending

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The D.C. Department of Mental Health in fiscal 2005 spent more than $30,000 on hand-held BlackBerry technology, prompting criticism from a D.C. Council member who says the money could have been put to better use.

“I understand everybody likes these gadgets,” said D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent and chairman of the council’s Committee on Health, which oversees the mental health department.

I wouldn’t buy myself a BlackBerry,” he said of the wireless e-mail devices.