Bill would reshuffle Ga. state agencies

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia legislators have introduced legislation that would shake up the state bureaucracy that oversees health and social services programs.

The restructuring was proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Perdue wants social services and health programs now spread across two state agencies to be reshuffled among three, including a new Department of Behavioral Health to handle mental health and addictive disease programs.

The state's mental health system has been under fire and faced scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The legislation is based on recommendations by the Health and Human Services Task Force.

The Department of Human Resources spends $3.8 billion every year. It hasn't undergone a major overhaul since it was formed more than three decades ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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