Support County Funding For Mental Health Care

Date: 
Wed, Oct 3, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

City:

SUPPORT COUNTY FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE! Oppose Mental Health and Public Safety millage funds being consumed by police operations.

Last year, voters in Washtenaw County passed a millage to support mental health and public safety. Many residents voted for this millage because federal and state supports for mental health and substance abuse treatment have been sharply reduced in recent years (https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/11/2017_washtenaw_mental_health_tax.html). As a result of declining funding, vulnerable people are not receiving needed health care. This endangers the safety and quality of life for many residents in our county.

Last week 9/26, county commissioners voted to spend some of those millage funds on policing services rather than on mental health care or on treating substance abuse disorders. Millage funds are to be spent on reimbursing a $5 million bond for building a new dispatch center for the Washtenaw Sheriff’s office and on ongoing overhead costs at about $300,000 annually. Those funds will not go towards addressing the crises of substance abuse and mental health.

Please take action to address this health crisis by:

1) Attending the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday and speaking out during public comment.
6:30 pm, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Administrative Building
220 N. Main Street
Board Room
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

2) Asking your county commissioner to invest in our county residents by using all available millage funds for mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Ask them to uphold processes that are fully transparent, accessible, and participatory. If your commissioner is Ricky Jefferson or Michelle Deatrick, please thank them for their “no” vote on the police dispatch center funds. You can find your district map here: https://gisappsecure.ewashtenaw.org/public/BOC/). Contact info and sample text available in the comments.

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Location: 
220 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI

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