ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's efforts to set up a better treatment network for mentally ill people have been delayed, leading state officials to ask a judge for more time to make improvements.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell granted a one-year extension to July 2013. The extension gives state officials more time to prepare for a scheduled review by a court-appointed monitor.

The state, in a 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, committed to making sweeping improvements in mental health treatment.

Pannell said he will come down hard on the state if it fails to meet the deadline.

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