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Updated Jan 8, 2014 - 11:23 am

Brewer announces deal to end 30-year mental health suit

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer said the state has reached a deal to finally end
a lawsuit filed more than 30 years ago challenging the state’s funding of mental
health services.

The agreement announced Wednesday will increase housing, employment and other
services for the seriously mentally ill in Maricopa County but will apply
statewide.

The deal will not cost extra state funding beyond an extra $39 million a year
pumped into the system two years ago as part of an interim deal to end the
lawsuit. Brewer said the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona that began Jan. 1 will
help pay for some of the additional costs.

Brewer called the settlement a landmark day that ends the ongoing cost of
litigation and brings added services to some of Arizona’s most vulnerable
people.

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