WVa Objects To Court Orders In Mental Health Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Department of Health and Human Resources wants a Kanawha County circuit judge to put a hold on two orders issued in July in a contentious mental health case.

The agency has filed two motions asking for stays on orders that would appoint a court monitor to oversee mental health care in West Virginia and boost funding for the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

Lawyers for the state agency argue that judge Duke Bloom's orders overstep the court's authority, exceed relevant supreme court rulings and encroach on the authority of the executive and legislative branches of government.

A call to Dan Hedges, one of the lawyers who successfully sought the orders, was not immediately returned Thursday.

A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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

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