During visit to SEMO Autism Center, Gov. Nixon discusses new report showing that House Bill 253 would reduce access to autism diagnosis and therapy
New report requested by the Missouri Mental Health Commission shows that House Bill 253 would result in $164 million in cuts to mental health services
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University to discuss the findings of a new report about the impact House Bill 253 would have on mental health services in the state. The report, requested by the Missouri Mental Health Commission, found that an override of the Governor’s veto of House Bill 253 would result in $164 million in cuts to services provided by the Department of Mental Health, including services for children with autism and their families. Gov. Nixon vetoed House Bill 253 in June, calling it an unaffordable experiment that would force dramatic cuts to state services and raise taxes on prescription drugs.