Bill Signed into Law To Help Overhaul State's Mental Health System

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A bill signed into law by Governor Beebe will have a new commission provide input to state agencies on how to develop a better system of mental health care for children in Arkansas.

Beebe says the goal of the bill is to provide the best care possible to children but do so within the confines of the state budget.

The bill was sponsored by Representative Earnest Brown, a Democrat from Pine Bluff.

Brown says the state is spending $240 million a year on mental health care for children. Ohio, a state four times the size of Arkansas, spends $204 million a year.

Brown says the bill is designed help the state better use its funds for providing mental health services for children.

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