the jail is not intended to be a mental health facility
either short term or long term.
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INTENDED OR NOT - INCREASINGLY THE DANE COUNTY JAIL
IS THE LAST BEST OPTION FOR INDIVIDUALS IN A MENTAL
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for the sheriffs office our biggest challenge is how
do we house people brought to our jail in crisis needing
mental health care.
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AND ACCORDING TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES - SOME
DIDN'T END UP IN JAIL BECAUSE THEY COMMITTED A CRIME
- IT WAS SIMPLY THE ONLY PLACE SAFE FOR POLICE TO
TAKE THEM...BECAUSE A HEALTH CARE FACILITY WASN'T
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within the last couple of months that's been very
difficult to find a bed.
the hospitals have pushed back saying they don't want
to fill all our beds with emergency detentions.
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UP UNTIL A FEW MONTHS AGO MENDOTA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE
WOULD ACCEPT INDIVIDUALS IN CRISIS.
THEY NO LONGER DO.
NOW TWO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WOULD HAVE TO DRIVE
THE PERSON 85 MILES TO THE WINNEBAGO MENTAL HEALTH
INSTITUTE IN OSHKOSH.
WHEN THAT CAN'T BE DONE - THE JAIL IS THE ONLY OTHER
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there are people that we know this has happend to
in the past couple of months.
there have probably been over 100 emergency detentions.
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WHILE THE JAIL DOES KEEP THE INDIVIDUALS SAFE - EVEN
THE SHERIFF ADMITS SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IS NOT WHERE
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to put somebody whose in crisis, who is suicidal or
in a manic state and place them in a concrete slab,
aluminum tolet and their only interaction to other
humans is through a mail sot in a door is in my mind
not what we in dane county believe we should be doing