Alds. Cheeks, Phair, Eskrich and Clear announced interest in a crisis/restoration center at a press conference on Monday. Click here to read Dean Mosiman’s account in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Here is the excerpt from the article:
“[Madison] should work with Dane County and others to explore a Restoration Center, which would be an alternative for individuals who otherwise would be arrested or taken to the hospital because of behavior, intoxication and/or mental health problems.
The latter effort, based on a facility in San Antonio, could be funded by local governments, Medicaid, health insurers, private sponsors and other sources, Phair said.”
MOSES, an interfaith organization, has advocated for a crisis center for more than two years. The League of Women Voters of Dane County testified in favor of such a center at a recent committee meeting of the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
Read “Funding Mental Health Services Can Pay off for the Taxpayers, as well as the Beneficiaries” on this blog for more information about how a center would operate and be funded.
Cheeks and Phair scheduled budget listening sessions in their districts for Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd; and Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 to 12 a.m. at the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
Click here to read an article from Cap Times about the press conference.