Last summer, advocates for reform of Dane County’s criminal justice system argued for more community crisis response teams. Teams help divert persons with mental illness into treatment before arrests that are costly to them and the taxpayers.
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S 2680 ) would provide grants to support those efforts by strengthening community crisis response systems. The bill was passed out of the appropriate Senate committee with strong bipartisan support and will be voted upon by the full Senate. Passage would be a victory for mental health services and bipartisan cooperation.
NAMI-WI posted an excellent analysis of the proposed legislation. The bill would also strengthen enforcement of parity laws, provide grants for early intervention and suicide prevention, and support an enhanced mental health workforce.
Contact Senator Ron Johnson to urge his support. He will be listening to voters.