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Dane County plans mental health resource center

Tuesday, November 19, 2019  
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November 19, Wisconsin Health News

Dane County is looking to create a one-stop resource center to improve access to behavioral healthcare, according to a Monday statement.

Funding from the county's 2020 budget will fund a call center designed after a model that's been effective with the county's aging and disability resource center, which links seniors and those with disabilities to available community services.

"This new resource center will provide hope and opportunity to families and compassion to their loved ones who struggle," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement.

Pending review by the county board, the county hopes to have staff hired for the new resource center by early next summer.

Parisi also directed the Dane County Department of Human Services to convene a "universal access work group" made up of private and public healthcare providers.

And he asked the department extend its contract with the Dane County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for crisis intervention training for police officers, emergency medics, social workers and others who come into contact with individuals in crisis.