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Mental Health Meeting

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The battle for the Benton-Franklin mental health contract continues. And today, the board of commissioners for both counties weighed in.

Today's meeting was designed for county commissioners to determine whether the Department of Human Services acted according to proper procedure when it awarded the mental health contract to Catholic Family and Child Service and took it away from Sunderland Family Services.

The DHS says they are just trying to use public money well while Sunderland employees say the new contract puts their patients in jeopardy. Sunderland Medical Director Bruce Bennett says, "It'll put them in chaos. They wouldn't know where to go. It would be hard to place them in such a short amount of time."

At today's meeting, county commissioners simply delayed the decision for two weeks, saying they want to give their lawyers a better chance to look over the procedures used in giving Catholic Family the contract.

Sunderland plans to appeal the board of commissioners decision if the new contract stands.