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INDIANAPOLIS — Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties would be required to spend more of their budgets on mental health services under a measure headed to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

House Enrolled Act 1141, which won final legislative approval Tuesday, changes how the maximum county payment to community mental health centers is calculated, and removes conditions that currently allow counties to contribute less than the maximum.

If signed into law, Lake County would pay approximately $175,000 more each year and Porter County about $150,000, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

LaPorte County only would owe about $15,000 more because state data show it already nearly pays the maximum required appropriation.

Community mental health centers operate in all 92 counties and largely are the front line in Indiana's battle against drug addiction.

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Holcomb has declared that combating the state's opioid abuse crisis is one of his top priorities as governor.

The legislation passed the House, 92-2, and the Senate, 48-0.

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