Walz signs mental health care measure

Photo by: Governor Tim Walz - Facebook
Photo by: Governor Tim Walz - Facebook

(St. Paul, MN) -- A new mental health budget bill is now law in Minnesota.

Governor Walz signed the omnibus bill Thursday, putting 60-million dollars towards the state's mental health care system. The funds will be used to increase hospital bed capacity, attract new mental health care professionals, and expand the use of mobile crisis units.

"This bill invests in mental health services across the state so we can better reach young people and adults who may be experiencing crisis and support the mental health providers working hard to address these needs," said Walz in a statement on the bill signing posted to his Facebook page.

The bill also includes 30 million to create a better system to serve those in the criminal justice system found not competent to stand trial.