Utah's Mental Health System Needs More Coordinated Oversight

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KSL NewsThere is 132 million dollars in the state mental health system budget, but making sure the money is used appropriately is the true challenge.

Utah's Mental Health System needs more coordinated oversight--that's according to a state audit released today at the State Capitol.

One critique centered on Valley Mental Health's investments in housing projects for low income residents.

David Broadbent/Valley Mental Health: “That's part of helping someone recover not just maintain and it's been very clear that providing --adequate housing although it may be supervised-- but providing adequate housing and employment adds to their self esteem and development."

Nothing in the report says agencies have misused money. The mental health system serves about 40-thousand Utahns.

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