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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.

Dane County announces $300,000 for mental health crisis center, an alternative to jail

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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