New legislation addresses mental health transportation in Michigan | News, Sports, Jobs

New legislation addresses mental health transportation in Michigan | News, Sports, Jobs

LANSING – A bill sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom that would allow communities to establish a alternative A Senate committee on Thursday examined the means of transporting people with severe mental illness for involuntary hospitalization.

“Involuntary mental health transportation is resource intensive and can leave our communities vulnerable,” said McBroom, Township of R-Waucedah. “For the UP, these transports often require two agents to take an individual to Ypsilanti or Grand Rapids, for example, which can take up to 18 hours round trip or more.

“Each time, this process takes two agents from local agencies and often requires paying them overtime. It also means that someone at home has to cover them and that they also have to be paid overtime. This can leave our services short-staffed, overworked and vulnerable to …

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