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Hillsdale County voters approve mental health millage

Posted: 3:40 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 19:40:15Z

Residents of Hillsdale County will soon have expanded mental health services thanks to a millage approved in Tuesday’s election.

Passed by voters 58 percent to 42 percent, the millage will provide mental health safety net services that are not covered by Medicaid or the state general fund. These include mental health treatment for the uninsured and underinsured and support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Funding from the millage will also support the mental health needs of jails, schools and first responders.

“Hillsdale County residents took a stand for their neighbors, family, and friends who experience mental illnesses and do not have the means or insurance to cover the cost of the supports to help them get well and live the best life they can,” LifeWays Community Mental Health said in a statement. LifeWays provides mental health services to people in Jackson and Hillsdale counties.

The county board of commissioners will report quarterly on the use of money from the millage.

For more election results from Hillsdale County, click  here .