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Wisconsin Republicans Push Mental Health Bills

Rep. Paul Tittl Says Proposals Were Not A Reaction To Recent Mass Shootings

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Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are circulating a package of bills designed to improve access to mental health services in the state.

State Rep. Paul Tittl said Tuesday the proposals are not a reaction to recent mass shootings and he refused to say whether he would support universal background checks.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats are calling for the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass that as well as a “red flag” law to take guns away from people determined to be a risk to themselves or others.

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The bills Tittl and other Republicans unveiled would make matching grant money available for mental health centers and nonprofits across the state, provide a tax deduction for psychiatrists and update standards and practices for psychologists.

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