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Mental Health Issues of the Homeless in Big Bend

Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --

Local leaders are pushing for measures to help homeless people who are dealing with mental health issues.

The Big Bend Mental Health Coalition met today.

Local and state leaders are advocating legislation that would assist veterans who have post traumatic stress or mental issues. If they commit a crime, the bill would allow the veteran to enter a diversion program.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda says, "To ask someone to sacrifice for you and then not take care of them when they come home. and help them either reintegrate into society or help them with whatever needs that they have."

The bill has passed the Florida Legislature. Representatives say the Second Judicial Circuit has to give the chief circuit judge the green light to implement the program.


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