Public Safety and Mental Health Millage Update

The Washtenaw Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage passed with 64% of voters supporting it. Millage funds will be levied on Washtenaw County residents beginning one year from now, in December, 2018. The funds will be distributed as follows:
- 38% to Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
- 38% to Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
- 24% returned to the sub-county jurisdictions that maintain their own police forces (Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and Northfield Township).

In September, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance establishing the Mental Health Advisory Committee, which will advise the Board of Commissioners and the CMH Board. The Advisory Committee will identify needs among the CMH population, evaluate services for those needs, and develop an annual Advisory Community Mental Health Plan.

Another new advisory council, the Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council, is also being established to develop a comprehensive community-based diversion program for low level, low-risk offenders suffering from severe mental health and/or substance use disorders. Appointments to both new groups will be announced in early 2018.

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