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Walker misses deadline for mental health appointments

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker missed a deadline yesterday for naming eleven members to a new state board to oversee Milwaukee County's mental health care system. The Republican Walker has named seven members. But spokeswoman Laurel Patrick tells the Journal Sentinel he needs more information before he can appoint the other four members.

The new state panel replaces the Milwaukee County Board as the decision-makers on funding for the county's public mental health services. The change came amid reports that a number of patients had died from abuse or neglect at Milwaukee County's mental health facility, while officials failed to act on calls for reform.

The seven appointees so far include executive and psychiatrists from numerous public and private health groups in the Milwaukee area, plus a representative from U-W Madison.