Mental health authority eyed in Wake – Wake County –

RALEIGH — Under pressure to change its handling of behavioral care, Wake County is considering an independent authority to oversee treatment for people with mental illness, developmental delays and substance-abuse problems.

Wake citizens receive about $200 million in federal, state and local funding for behavioral care, with oversight of the program divided among state and local officials. Legislation, passed in 2006, that has dramatically lowered the number of local oversight agencies was expanded this year to include Wake County.

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