Wis. Task Force Recommends Mental Health Changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative task force is recommending a host of changes to Wisconsin's mental health laws which could be voted on in coming weeks.

The special committee voted Wednesday to recommend giving mental health professionals, not just police officers, the authority to send people into emergency detentions.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that the panel also recommended creating a way for families and other interested parties to request that counties begin an emergency detention.

The emergency detention powers initially would be allowed in Milwaukee County but could expand statewide after two years.

The task force established by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos agreed to a series of recommendations in concept and will finalize its report in coming weeks. The Assembly could take them up later this year.

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