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Gov. Walker putting $28.9 million in budget for mental health


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) announced Wednesday morning that he is putting an additional $28.9 million towards mental health services in his biennial budget proposal.

The bulk of the money, $12.5 million, will go towards forensic treatment units at Mendota Mental Health Institute, which provides mental health services to inmates. Gov. Walker says there is a growing waiting list for those services.

$10.2 million will go towards Comprehensive Community Services, which provides community-based care for adults and children with severe mental illness.

Another $3.7 million will go to expand the state's Coordinated Services Team program, which provides community-based care for children with behavioral health issues and their families.

Wednesday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is expected to announce a legislative mental health task force as well.

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