Walker signs 7 mental health bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed seven bills into law that are designed to improve mental health services in Wisconsin.

The bills found nearly unanimous support in the Legislature. Walker signed them on Thursday in Green Bay.

Walker says he was proud to sign the bills, which he called "a huge step forward in the cause to ensure every individual living with mental illness gets the care they need."

The bills would spend $4 million by mid-2015 on attracting psychiatrists to underserved areas, creating a consultation hotline to help treat children and teenagers, help those with mental illness find jobs and create mobile crisis teams to treat serious mental illness.

The bills grew out of a special task force created by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

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