Wis. Assembly OKs rural mental health grants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would create grants to encourage doctors and psychiatrists to practice in underserved areas.

The bill would lay out $1.5 million in fiscal year 2014-15. The Higher Educational Aids Board would award $750,000 to 12 doctors and $750,000 to 12 psychiatrists who work in an underserved area for at least a year. The providers would be free to use the money for whatever they like.

The bill came out of a series of recommendations from a mental health task force Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed.

The Assembly passed the bill 93-0 on Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.

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