Long Trip to Oshkosh Harms Those with Mental Illness and Costs the Taxpayers

An article in Cap Times by Abigail Becker describes the interaction between Madison’s police department and people with mental illness.  Click here to read “Crisis Cops.”

Becker describes the emotional and financial costs of the requirement that police take people in need of inpatient care to the Winnebago Mental Institute near Oshkosh.   People in severe mental crisis endure a 2-hour ride in a police car and police are unavailable for other duties.

Moses, an interfaith advocacy organization, has argued for the development of a local restoration center in which people in crisis could receive immediate help.   The idea has been effective in other communities.   Click here to read a case study of its implementation in Bexar County, Texas.

The League of Women Voters of Dane County will host a forum on April 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Capitol Lakes, 333 West Main Street on “Jailing the Mentally Ill:  Better Options.”   Click here for more information.

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