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MPR: "Franken leads Minn. meeting on mental health intervention"

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Click here to read about Sen. Franken's meeting with Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and mental health advocates to help those struggling with mental illness out of the criminal justice system.

MPR reported on a meeting that Sen. Franken convened with law enforcement, state officials, and mental health advocates to discuss ways to help those struggling with mental illness in of the criminal justice system.

"In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, we heard a lot of people talk about mental health," he said. "But in some ways, I felt it was unfortunately just kind of a talking point."

Franken said that addressing the problem may save money in the long run. But in order for reform to work, he said, government agencies, law enforcement and nonprofits must work together.

Read the whole story from MPR here. To see pictures from the meeting, click here.

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