City files lawsuit against state over mental health rule

Rule forces police to drive male mental health patients 5 hours away

The city of Madison is filing a lawsuit against the State Department of Health over its decision earlier this year to force local police departments to take adult male emergency mental health patients to Winnebago Mental Health Institute instead of Mendota Mental Health.

Law-enforcement leaders call for change in state's mental health care

Policy requires men needing emergency detention to be transported 2 1/2 hours

Mental health care advocates say it is the last thing a person in mental crisis needs at that moment, to be handcuffed, placed in the back seat of a police car and driven two and a half hours away from their family and support system.