- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The director of the Wyoming Health Department is asking for five times as much funding as has been recently provided to his agency in order to pay for involuntarily committing people in mental health crises.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2hvweRK ) that Health Department Director Tom Forslund said in the last budget cycle, involuntary commitments cost the department $18 million, well above the $4.4 million provided by the Legislature.

Forslund has been in talks with the Joint Appropriations Committee this week to find more funding for the commitment program.

Gov. Matt Mead has crafted a budget plan that would use up to $21 million to cover commitment program costs from the state’s $2.6 billion rainy day fund.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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