Alabama Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh is scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate committee Thursday about community treatment of the mentally ill and disabled on the occasion of the Olmstead Act’s 13th anniversary. “We were chosen because of the work we’ve done as a state and agency for the last few years with regard to downsizing state hospitals, our focus on community care and our closing last year of the Partlow Developmental Center,” Baugh said in a Tuesday interview.
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