Task force hears accusations against mental health system

Sunday, August 6, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:33 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A task force charged with overhauling Missouri’s mental health system may recommend the creation of an independent unit to investigate abuse allegations, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Friday.

Gov. Matt Blunt created the task force earlier this year after reports of abuse in state-funded mental health facilities. The panel is holding community meetings across the state to hear from the developmentally disabled, their families and caregivers, and will make recommendations to the governor by the end of the year, Kinder said.

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