Grand Traverse County Commissioners have given the nod to the new county budget. The new plan includes 40 hours for a mental health service professional in the jail. It’s a start. Time will tell if this is a sincere effort or just window dressing.
The move comes as Grand Traverse County settles a lawsuit about a recent suicide in the jail. I don’t even know if it’s the most recent suicide attempt in the jail because there have been multiple suicides and suicide attempts in the jail in the last several years. I can’t imagine being a family member of a loved one lost senselessly in jail.