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Lawmaker: More work to improve mental-health system


MADISON (WKOW) -- Legislation aimed at improving Wisconsin's mental-health system is nearing final approval, but a state lawmaker says more needs to be done.

Wisconsin State Journal reports the bills awaiting Governor Scott Walker's signature would help fund mental-health services along with programs that offer the mentally ill alternatives to prosecution or incarceration.

Democratic state Representative Sandy Pasch says more needs to be done.  She cites the case of Jaren Kuester, who pleaded insanity to killing three Wiota farmers last year, despite his family's efforts to have him detained days before the slayings.

Pasch says there needs to be more clarification in rules that determine when someone can be committed.  She says countries interpret the standards differently, which leads to gaps in effective treatment statewide.

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