County Executive Joe Parisi designated $100,000 in his budget proposal for 2018 for a study of mental health services in Dane County, which would include how a Mental Health Crisis Restoration Facility could be operated in partnership with health care providers and community organizations. After our April 2017 Issues Forum on Jailing the Mentally Ill, our League has advocated for such a facility. We testified before county board committees and wrote County Executive Parisi to urge action to address gaps in our community-based services for mentally ill persons and establish a restoration center. Please contact your county board supervisor before mid-November to urge approval of this initiative in the 2018 Dane County budget.
Here is County Executive Parisi’s explanation in his budget message:
Recently, there’s been discussion about the feasibility of a Mental Health Crisis Restoration Facility to further our community’s response to mental illness. Done in the context of a more thorough examination of available mental health resources in our community, this concept is worth exploring. A comprehensive review of existing mental health services and potential gaps in services would identify how such a facility could be operated in partnership with health care providers and community organizations. It could also shed appropriate focus on the need for all entities – including our health care providers – to reexamine how current mental health services are accessed and administered. There is room to do better. My budget includes $100,000 for a comprehensive review of existing mental health services in our community. This work will both identify potential gaps while evaluating how a potential Crisis Restoration Center or similar community run facility could help improve care and outcomes.