Lawmakers want to improve mental health complex

Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 --- 9:59 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are working on a plan to strip the Milwaukee County Board of its authority over the troubled mental health complex.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports State Reps. Joe Sanfelippo, a Republican from West Allis, and Sandy Pasch, a Democrat from Whitefish Bay are considering a proposal that would transfer the power from the board to either a regional authority or a commission of medical professionals.

They say the change needs to take place to improve conditions for patients at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

Sanfelippo says the complex is a horrible setting for care. He added he wouldn't send his dog there.

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, a former Milwaukee County executive, declined to comment until there is a more specific proposal.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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