Wis. Assembly OKs money for respite centers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would pump more money into the state’s efforts to create respite centers for people struggling with mental health problems or drug abuse.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget laid out $1.34 million for the centers, which offer short-term stays and are staffed by people who have grappled with mental health or drug abuse issues themselves. The Republican-authored bill would add $250,000 more to that allotment.

The proposal is part of a package of mental health bills Assembly Republicans are pushing through the Legislature.

The Assembly passed the measure 94-0 on Tuesday. The bill goes next to the state Senate.

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