RALEIGH — House Speaker Thom Tillis has asked Gov. Bev Perdue to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal with state group home funding for people with mental illnesses.

In a statement released Friday, Tillis wrote:

“We have worked diligently to find solutions to the problem of providing funds to group homes for mental health patients under new Federal guidelines. While we continue to work toward long-term solutions, it is time to address the short-term funding issue that could potentially force our most vulnerable citizens out of their homes at the end of this year. The House of Representatives stands ready to fix this problem in a special session, and I encourage the Governor to call us back to Raleigh to do the right thing for our citizens.”

State funding could expire in January, forcing thousands of North Carolinians out of the group homes where they live and get treatment.

Tillis said in the letter he believes the legislature needs to take action.

Read the full letter here.