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Bill streamlines, localizes behavioral health services offered through H&W

The Senate Health & Welfare Committee has endorsed legislation designed to localize and streamline behavioral health services offered through the state Department of Health & Welfare, reports Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin, who noted that committee Chairman Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, called the measure “a wonderful bill.” SB 1114 now moves to the full Senate for debate. Ross Edmunds, administrator for the Division of Behavioral Health, told the committee the idea behind the bill is to localize control of the services as much as possible; the measure is slightly changed from an earlier version that was introduced this year. You can read Davlin’s full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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