Trustee Rejoins Alabama's Mental Health Board After Rules Are Changed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A newspaper publisher who resigned from
Alabama's mental health advisory board is rejoining the panel after
members changed the rules to guarantee public access to their
meetings.

Paul Davis said Thursday he never wanted to step down from the
Department of Mental Health's Advisory Board of Trustees last
month. He said he rejoined only because members voted Wednesday to
allow public access by announcing the meetings in advance so
members of the public can attend.

Aside from being a newspaper publisher in Auburn, Davis is a
mental health advocate who's been involved in such work for four
decades.

Davis said the board's meetings became an issue recently. The
department is trying to decide whether to sell the old Bryce
Hospital property in Tuscaloosa.

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