Gov. Jay Nixon discusses mental health proposal with Jefferson County officials

4:29 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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Gov. Jay Nixon. Photo credit: MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images.

ARNOLD, Mo. (KSDK) - Gov. Jay Nixon met with law enforcement officers, educators, and mental health providers Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County.

Nixon discussed proposals to help the mentally ill get effective treatment in their communities in a timely manner. He also wants to provide law enforcement with training and resources to respond to anyone having a mental health crisis.

Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Jerry Lee, Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Keith Schafer, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey, Fox C-6 School District Superintendent Dr. Dianne Critchlow, and COMTREA President and CEO Dr. Stephen Huss attended the roundtable.

Nixon's budget proposal includes $450,000 to help educate and train teachers, law enforcement, clergy, employers, and families on how to recognize symptoms and how to respond to mental illness. It also includes a $6 million that would go toward an emergency room intervention team that could respond quickly when an emergency room asks for help.

The Missouri Department of Health estimates 1,100 people could be held by this plan.

For more on Gov. Nixon's budget proposal, visit the official Missouri state website.


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