Wisconsin Senate passes mental health bills

CREATED Jan 22, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a dozen bills designed to improve mental health services in Wisconsin.
   
The measures passed with bipartisan support Wednesday now head to Gov. Scott Walker. All of the measures cleared the Assembly unanimously in November.
   
The proposals grew out of recommendations from a legislative task force that studied mental health services in the state.
   
One bill would provide $250,000 to create teams to serve people having mental health crises. Another devotes $1 million to create a hotline that psychiatrists treating children and teenagers with mental health issues could use for consultation.
   
A third would make $1.5 million in tax-deductible grants to encourage psychiatrists and primary care physicians to practice in underserved areas.