Calling for a “fresh approach,” Governor Mark Dayton announced today he’s establishing a special task force to advise lawmakers on improvements to Minnesota’s mental health system. Dayton says too many Minnesotans go far too long without mental health care, and too many end up in prison. State Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy echoes, “I can’t imagine a worse solution to mental illness than a cage and a key.” State officials say people wait an average of ten years between first experiencing symptoms of mental illness and getting treatment. They hope attention to the issue will reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
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