In another Midwestern state, however, mental health care services could expand. The Minnesota legislature created the Chemical and Mental Health Services Transformation Task Force, which will suggest ways in which lawmakers can act to improve the continuum of services needed for people with mental illnesses, including substance abuse and traumatic brain injury.
The task force, which will be composed of legislators, state mental health officials, and mental health advocates, is to recommend changes in service-delivery models, ways to eliminate gaps in and barriers to accessing quality care, and plans to ensure that individuals with complex mental health needs receive the appropriate level of care. The task force's recommendations are due to the legislature by December 15.
The task force was one of several created by the Minnesota legislature in the recent session as election year pressures led members to defer funding expansions for care sought by mental health and other patient-care advocates.