Douglas County should consider funding a new mental health crisis program with the $1.85 million it had previously allocated for a sheriff’s mobile command center, a County Board member said.
The Douglas County Board last week voted 7-0 to reverse its earlier, controversial decision to allocate federal coronavirus relief aid to the Sheriff’s Office for the vehicle. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning withdrew the request, saying his office couldn’t find a manufacturer who could build and deliver one in 2020, when the federal aid must be spent.
County Board Member Mary Ann Borgeson, who had supported the mobile command center funding, said she wants to use the $1.85 million for mental health services instead.
“I’d like to talk about using those funds and actually rounding it up to $2 million for mental health services,” Borgeson said during Tuesday’s County Board meeting. “Commissioner (Mike) Boyle has for a long time talked about trying to figure out, as well, a way to use these (funds) for mental health.”