JUNE 30, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A governor's task force is
considering opening up records of abuse and neglect at mental
Currently, investigative reports of abuse allegations are closed
to the public, as well as to employees against whom the allegations
were made and the families of other clients at the facilities.
A task force headed by Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder decided
to look into whether those records should be opened to public.
Kinder says that, generally speaking, shedding light on allegations
helps reduce problems.
Opening the records would require passage of a bill by the