WV Mental Health Groups Bring Letters To Manchin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- Mental health care advocates have brought Gov. Joe Manchin a wheelbarrow stuffed with 672 personal letters urging him to sign a bill into law.

The number of letters matches the number of the senate bill, which would increase reimbursement rates for community mental health services.

Dave Sanders of the West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association says the state's mental health system is in crisis, and the bill is a needed first step to fixing it.

The State Health Department, along with other health associations, oppose the measure.

They say it favors one kind of treatment over others.

Manchin has not yet received the bill from the legislature.

When he gets it, he has five days to make a decision.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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