LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - During his budget address Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker proposed an almost $30 million investment of taxpayer money that would fund mental health programs.
Walker's office said the money will help expand successful programs, build on proven strategies, and address patients' and their families' most urgent needs.
News 19 asked Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch about the proposal.
Especially after recent events in the United States, Huebsch said, Wisconsin needs to address mental health issues at home.
"What the governor is intending to do is recognize the need for our investment in this program and the opportunity to turn people's lives around," Huebsch said. "Really give individuals the opportunity to get out of and treat the illness that they have, and really become productive members for themselves and for their society."
Walker is looking to fund community-based care, in-home counseling for children, and community-based care for juveniles, among other programs.
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