Task Force Wants More Oversight of State Runs Homes

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JEFFERSON CITY- A state task force is poised to recommend stricter laws in protecting the mentally disabled in Missouri. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation this year identified failures in the mental health system that failed to protect those in Missouri facilities for the mentally disabled. Governor Blunt formed a task force in June in response to the investigation.Wednesday, the group released a draft report of 20 recommendations, including stricter laws, more oversight and less secrecy to ensure their safety. The final report will be voted on November 6. The fate of Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis County remains unclear. The report says the state should keep open centers for mentally retarded residents as long as there is a need for them.

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