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Missouri psychiatrist Joe Parks remembers working with a patient named Victoria.

For eight years he helped her with PTSD, manic depression and addiction, getting her into drug treatment, and back into school. And then, she died of a blood clot brought on by her poor physical health.

“Her behavioral health treatment had been a complete success,” Dr. Parks recalls. “She was stable, she wasn’t psychotic, she was clean and sober. But she was dead.”

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the "paycheck protection" bill Tuesday, but he also signed legislation covering a broad range of issues.  The bills and a short description are summarized in a news release on Governor Nixon's website:

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Missouri mental health officials are hoping a possible state bonding package could permit construction of a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital and is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility that would cost about $211 million.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.