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Mental Health Meeting

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The saga over the Benton-Franklin Mental Health Contract continues. Thursday night, the Mental Health Advisory Board asked the Department Human Services to explain why they weren't more involved in the making of the new contract.

Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver says that the Mental Health Advisory Board is made up of citizens who are informed and concerned about mental health in Benton and Franklin counties.

And at their board meeting Thursday, Department of Human Services Director Carrie Huie-Pascua faced tough questions about why the Advisory Board was not consulted further about the new mental health contract.

Commissioner Oliver says the Board's involvement is very important to mental health services in Benton and Franklin Counties. He says, "The commissioners frankly have other assignments and other issues going on that are way beyond their stripes, in terms of mental health advisory, so it's really a key link."

Oliver says that usually the Advisory Board is an important factor in any conversation about mental health budgets or health delivery issues. But, he says, in the case of the mental health contract they were not included in the discussion.