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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned.

One of the bills signed Thursday by Calley requires county law enforcement and community mental health service programs to work with courts and other organizations on taking steps to provide treatment and assistance to people with mental illness.

Specifically, policies and practices would focus on people considered at risk of entering the criminal justice system; those not receiving needed mental health services in a county jail; and those not receiving services upon release or discharge from a county jail.

Another bill grants funding flexibility for local community mental health service programs to provide mental health services to jail inmates.

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