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McBride Bill Takes Another Step In The Missouri House

May 15, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

Getting treatment for the mentally ill should be an easier process under a bill passed by the Missouri House. Kelly Just has the story from the State Capital.

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Under the bill, family members no longer have to wait until someone is hurt before getting treatment for a mentally ill person.

The measure would allow involuntary commitments to state facilities and provide out-patient services in some cases.

St. Joseph Representative, Charles Shields says the measure gives Missouri a chance to take a leap forward in it's care of the mentally ill.

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The bill was given unanimous support by the House.

It must still be passed in the Senate before making it to the Governor's desk.

From Jefferson City, Kelly Just...KMOX news.

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