Through the final budget, lawmakers approved $39 million to eliminate a waiting list that Walker’s administration said in May included nearly 2,500 children. Mental health advocates have said the measure should help many families.

“Up to a quarter of the kids on the list right now are there because of severe emotional disturbances,” said Joanne Juhnke, policy director for Wisconsin Family Ties. “Getting support for these kids is going to make a huge difference for families across Wisconsin.”

Published: September 29, 2017