Wisconsin Senate to approve mental health bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A series of proposals designed to improve mental health services in Wisconsin could be headed to Gov. Scott Walker soon.

The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bills Wednesday. They all 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.

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