Initiatives supporting mental health services also gained priority in the budget.
The board approved $300,000 for a Mental Health Triage and Restoration Center, a place for those experiencing mental or behavioral health crises to go instead of being taken to jail or the hospital.
Wegleitner, along with three other supervisors, had proposed increasing funding for the center by $3.7 million, but the amendment failed on a 15-21 vote.
Supervisors who voted against said the project isn’t far enough along yet to know how much it will cost, but those in support said the county needed to make a more robust commitment to providing alternative options for mental health emergencies.
More than $900,000 will go toward covering the cost of staffing the county’s new Behavioral Health Resource Center with clinically licensed behavioral health resource specialists, case managers and a peer support specialist.
Another $500,000 was approved for a county partnership with Restoring Roots, a Wisconsin organization that targets mental health and addiction, to create an estimated 50-unit development providing housing and recovery services to those struggling with addiction.
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