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LAWMAKER PUSHES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CENTER

LAWMAKER PUSHES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CENTER

One western Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing for a regional mental health center as a way to ease some of the pressure on local sheriffs. 

State Rep. Gae Magnafici last week wrote an open letter to her fellow lawmakers urging them to support a mental health center for Eau Claire.  She says having a regional center for western Wisconsin would free-up beds and resources in county jails by giving local sheriffs a place to send people who are battling mental illness. 

Magnafici is quick to point-out that Governor Evers vetoed 15 million-dollars from the state budget that could have gone toward mental health treatment. 

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