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Miss. AG hopes settlement will fund mental health

Associated Press - March 10, 2011 1:34 PM ET

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he hopes a new $20 million boost to the state from a pharmaceutical lawsuit will go to mental health services.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Johnny Stringer agrees with the idea. He says the budget just happens to be short $20 million and that the funds would help support community mental health centers.

The funds come from recently settled litigation over Medicaid fraud and consumer protection violations with four drug companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Schering/Warring and Mylan.

Hood says putting the money into the mental health budget would help resolve the mental-health crisis and prevent future lawsuits against the state.

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