- 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.


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

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