- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawmakers are looking for ways to cut costs and streamline the state’s involuntary hospitalization program, which is expected to need two and a half times more funding than currently budgeted.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1IbWHgu) the program, called Title 25, allows individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others to be forcibly hospitalized for 72 hours. Counties pick up the tab for the first three days, and the state covers judge-approved extensions.

Wyoming’s two-year budget has $4.4 million set aside to cover the program, but the Wyoming Department of Health estimates actual costs will reach $11 million.

Legislators and executive branch officials met Monday for the first of four meetings this year that will explore options for the program.

The subcommittee meets again Aug. 12 in Casper.

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

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