City Of Ypsilanti Continues To Discuss Mental Health Service Improvements

Sep 2, 2020

Mental health and water and sewage rates were main topics of discussion during Tuesday night’s Ypsilanti city council meeting.  


City council wants to work with the police department on how emergency calls, involving individuals with mental illness, are handled.  Council Member Steve Wilcoxen from the second ward says the department wants to do more than just train officers on how to interact with people with mental illness.

Council Member Steve Wilcoxen: One of the things is to have a holding house so, rather than sending people off or arresting people and sending them off to jail, as a holding place for people with mental health, to get them off the streets, that a shelter would be established.

During the meeting, council also approved to increase water and sewage rates by three percent. 

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