- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers are advancing a bill with mental health reforms that would change how the state treats those considered to be a threat to themselves or others.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1NFNi55 ) that a legislative subcommittee voted on Monday to recommend a bill that would give courts the ability to order outpatient mental-health or substance-abuse care instead of only using involuntary hospitalization.

Supporters of the changes say it should reduce state-funded health care costs while diverting less severe cases to community-based treatment centers.

According to state data, there were 341 involuntary hospitalizations in fiscal year 2015.

The proposed bill will now be sent to the Legislature’s Management Council and then the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee.


Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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