Governor Blunt has been given 23 recommendations to improve the state’s mental health program. The recommendations are contained in a report written by the State Mental Health Commission. State Mental Health Department spokesman, Bob Bax, says many are based on public hearings held by the commission. Among the report’s recommendations include accreditation of all rehabilitation centers, improvements to the tracking of abuse cases, and increased training of staff. The Commission began its investigation in wake of two deaths at the Northwest Habilitation Center in St. Louis and other allegations of abuse in both state-run facilities as well as private mental health facilities that contract with the state. The report is being issued as the Missouri Mental Health Task Force meets for its final public hearing in Joplin tonight. Governor Blunt appointed the task force to investigate allegations of mistreatment of mental patients.

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Mental Health Commission Report