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Mich. mental health panels makes recommendations

Jan 22nd, 2014 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are recommending about 60 changes to better help the mentally ill.

A report released Tuesday caps about a year of work on changes to address the stigma of mental illness and remove barriers to people with mental health problems living independently.

One change recommended by the commission is to eradicate the phrase "mental retardation" from Michigan laws and replace it with "development disability."

Another recommendation is for the state to work with the private sector to provide 500 new housing units for the mentally ill in the next three years.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley co-chaired the commission appointed by Snyder. He says new services aren't being recommended but rather there should be better coordination of care.

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