New Missouri bill allows greater access to mental health records

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Gov. Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill to allow some mental health workers more access to medical records of people who have been civilly committed.

The legislation that Nixon signed Monday makes more records available to community mental health liaisons. Those liaisons work with law enforcement and the courts to connect people with behavioral health problems with treatment.

They’ll have access to records kept at mental health programs, including medications and dosages. Nixon says the goal is to help liaisons provide resource and follow-up care to those who have been committed.