Wednesday, August 12th 5:00 PM
City County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
As a result of our work in the streets, the county has agreed to halt spending on the jail and instead engage the community in workgroups that will make recommendations focusing on Mental Health, Length of Stay, and Alternatives to Incarceration. This Wednesday, the Mental Health workgroup will have one of its final meetings. We are asking our community to show up and raise voice to end racial disparities in the jail. End solitary confinement ● Establish communitybased mental health resources that interrupt arrest and incarceration (see interruption programs LEAD under Resources) ● Create an oncall 24/7 field team of mental health crisis professionals, and eliminate current policies and practices that rely on socalled 'mental health' police officers. ● Establish a mental health toolkit to support Dane County’s Circuit Court Judges. This includes but is not limited to screening tools or assessment to determine placement; options of treatments/services need to be available (especially for individuals without health insurance); and whether a toolkit should be integrated into all criminal courtrooms.● Increase funding and access for programs that take an innovative approach and are Blackcentered and Blackled such as Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health.