- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has passed a bill that would funnel more money to drug treatment and diversion programs.

The bill would shift $2 million annually from the state Department of Health Services’ mental health hospitals account to grants for county programs designed to keep drug users out of prison by placing them in treatment programs.

The measure is part of a package of legislation Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, has introduced to help heroin users and slow the drug’s spread.

The Assembly passed the measure unanimously Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate.

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