Assembly to take up mental health proposals
Speaker Robin Vos seeks broad support for bills in Legislature
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said bipartisan recommendations for improving Wisconsin's mental health laws will be taken up by the Assembly in November.
Vos on Wednesday accepted final recommendations of a task force he created to study mental health laws. Four bills have already been introduced in the Legislature and task force co-chair Rep. Erik Severson said there could be 10 or more coming.
"This is a large problem and they are different all over the state. This was not something we were doing to help out one county or one specific area, but rather to try to help the whole state and make changes throughout the whole state," said Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie.
There is no overall cost of the recommendations yet, but Vos said he's hopeful the ideas will find broad support in the Legislature and with Gov. Scott Walker.
Some of the recommendations include giving mental health professionals, not just police officers, the authority to send people into emergency detentions and creating a way for families and other interested parties to request that counties begin an emergency detention.
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