UPDATE: Walker signs Milwaukee mental health bill

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --- 3:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that takes control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex away from the county board.

Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch announced the signing of the bill on Tuesday. Walker signed the measure privately and his office had no immediate comment.

The bill passed with nearly unanimous support. It will transfer control of the mental health complex from the county board to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members.

The changes were pursued following the deaths of six patients at the facility in 2012.

The new law also requires an extensive audit by Dec. 1 that looks into whether the state should take over operations.

Walker previously signed 13 bills designed to improve mental health services statewide.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, March 21, 2014 --- 6:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex would be taken away from the county board under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.

The measure approved early Friday morning on a 89-1 vote would transfer power to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members. Democratic Rep. Fred Kessler, of Milwaukee, voted against it.

The bipartisan proposal comes after six patients died at the facility in 2012.

In addition to creating the new board to run the facility, the bill would also require an extensive audit be done by Dec. 1 that would consider whether the state should take over operations.

The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 3:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has approved a bill that would take control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex away from the county board and give it to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members.

The bipartisan proposal passed unanimously Tuesday comes after six patients died at the facility in 2012.

Opponents to the bill, including the union that represents nurses and workers at the complex, say control should not be taken away from elected local officials on the Milwaukee County Board.

In addition to creating the new board to run the facility, the bill would also require an extensive audit be done by Dec. 1 that would consider whether the state should take over operations.


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