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MS mulls involuntary mental health commitment

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JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are trying to simplify the process of having people involuntarily committed for evaluation or treatment of mental illness.

A bill that has passed the House and gone to the Senate would set uniform standards in all 82 counties.

House Public Health Chairman Steve Holland says some counties charge significantly more than others for the filing commitment papers. He says the fees are as low as $120 in some places and as high as $1,400 in others.

Lawmakers propose setting a $75 fee and requiring officials to develop a one-page commitment form that would be easy to understand.

The bill is House Bill 1525.

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