Prison officials to seek new mental health service provider | News

Prison officials to seek new mental health service provider | News

TRAVERSE CITY – Officials at Grand Traverse County Jail are on the hunt for a new mental health service provider after a deadlock in contract negotiations with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, its current provider.

The sticking point was whether those receiving services should continue to be housed in a six-man cell, which prison administrator Chris Barsheff says could make several inmates wait for several months to secure a place in the prison. voluntary program. A July study found that the program was not reaching enough inmates, which Barsheff said would improve if those in the program were not confined to a cell.

“Over the course of several months of contract negotiations, it became evident that Northern Lakes …

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