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CHARLESTON — A West Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require the state Bureau for Behavioral Health to study the state’s homeless population and report the findings to lawmakers for consideration of legislation concerning the issue.

The Senate Health and Human Resources committee approved Senate Bill 239, which would require the bureau to work with behavioral health and substance use disorder providers, municipal and county government to study “a breakdown of homeless demographic information throughout West Virginia.”

Lori Kersey covers Charleston and Kanawha County for HD Media. She can be reached at 304-348-1240 or lori.kersey@hdmediallc.com. Follow @LoriKerseyWV on Twitter.

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