Back in 2005, Wyoming had a serious problem with mental illness, and treatment programs were grossly underfunded. In an attempt to address these concerns, the state Legislature formed a select committee of lawmakers that met seven times. The result was millions more in state funding for treatment, as well as at least a few systemic changes.
Although those outcomes were positive, unfortunately, nearly 15 years later, about 80% of the same problems exist, says Rep. Sue Wilson, R-Cheyenne, who chairs the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. The main ones include: