ACCESS TO MENDOTA A REGIONAL NEED
Our editorial a couple of days ago on the impact
on people with mental health crisis and the Madison
Police Department caused by the state's decision to
end access to Mendota Mental Health Center prompted
an important and welcome response from Lafayette County
Sheriff Scott Pedley. The Sheriff applauded the editorial
but said "remember that every county in your viewing
area has been impacted by this." You're right Sheriff.
And that's even greater reason for the state to re-evaluate
Sheriff Pedley says his department has been doing
more diversions to local facilities established by
the county human services department however, he says,
" I often wonder if the persons in need are getting
the full care that was once provided by the system."