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Sheriff urges public to fix Michigan's broken mental health system

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Posted at 9:12 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-09 09:13:11-04

(AP) — An Upper Peninsula sheriff in Michigan’s smallest county is making a public plea for more mental health services after a young driver smashed a car into trees to try to end a life.

A Facebook post, with a photo of the crumpled car, has been shared more than 6,000 times this week. That's more than three times the population of Keweenaw County. The young driver survived the crash and was sent home with a “safety plan.”

Sheriff Curt Pennala says, “This does not sit well with us!” The sheriff says he's not knocking Copper Country Mental Health Services. Pennala says the public must demand a meaningful discussion about Michigan's “broken mental health system.”