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Here is a number that the members of the legislative oversight committee on mental health and developmental disabilities might to want review at their meeting this week.

More than half the people who leave state  mental hospitals are not contacted at all in the crucial first week after their release. Nobody knows where they are living, much less if they are receiving the services and medication they need.

The last report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that 24 percent of the patients who leave the hospitals are never contacted by a mental health professional.

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