- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Most Democratic lawmakers are calling on Mississippi’s Republican governor to call a special legislative session to put more money into mental health services.

Ed LeGrand, a former Department of Mental Health director, joins 62 legislators in making the request Friday. They say some patients who don’t receive care could end up in prison.

Current director Diana Mikula said Tuesday the department will have to cut some services, including 29 beds at the State Hospital at Whitfield for patients with both a major mental disorder and a complex medical condition.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mental Health budget, Senate Bill 2888 (https://bit.ly/1YqPI8S ), on Wednesday. His spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Most agencies’ budgets are being cut in the coming year.

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