The effects of mental illness are far reaching, affecting classrooms, families, and workplaces. Dane County is stepping up and increasing our commitment to get help to those in need and address mental health challenges.
Launched in 2013, our school based mental health teams are now making a difference for hundreds of students and families across Dane County. These teams of mental health professionals are available to help if a mental health crisis occurs but also to work with students and teachers to identify students struggling with mental illness before it becomes a crisis.
After hearing from school districts, teachers and parents of the success of the teams we have been working to locate more funding to help more school districts. In my 2017 budget every school district that wants a team in their district will have one.
We must continue to work with our schools and families to get kids the help they need and allow teachers to focus on teaching. Our schools cannot do it all, the county, the non-profit sector and families must all help make sure our next generation of young minds is being given the opportunity to succeed. I am proud to help further Dane County’s commitment to the next generation.
Dane County Executive
The City of Madison Parks Division is excited to announce the dates and locations for Five Community Visioning Sessions for the 2018-2022 Park and Open Space Plan! These meetings will provide valuable opportunities for community members to help define the values, vision and goals that shape Madison’s park and open space system now and into the future.
The Park and Open Space Plan is an important document that guides decision-making about the future of our city parks and open space. It is updated every five years to stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics and park needs, as well as to integrate with other city, county and statewide efforts.
Sessions will begin with a half-hour informal open house and include highly interactive presentations, discussions and exercises.
Learn more about the project by visiting the website Park and Open Space Plan or attend one of the community sessions:
Community Visioning Session #1 (North Side)
WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, January 31, 2017
WHERE: Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Community Visioning Session #2 (East Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, February 6, 2017
WHERE: Whitehorse Middle School - Library Media Center
Community Visioning Session #3 (South Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, February 13, 2017
WHERE: The Village on Park - The Atrium Community Room
Community Visioning Session #4 (West Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, March 1, 2017
WHERE: Alicia Ashman Library
Community Visioning Session #5 (Downtown)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, March 23, 2017
WHERE: Central Library - Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
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On January 10, two playground concepts were presented by Sarah Lerner, the Project Manager from Parks Department. This is based on the survey results from the neighborhood:
Below are the concepts presented. Concept 2 was the preferred option with suggestions provided to be incorporated. The final design is currently in progress and will be shared once Sarah has had a chance to discuss and review with the playground manufacturer, Playworld.
Suggested modifications include the replacement of the following items:
In addition, an inquiry has been made for the installation of additional park benches and potentially replacing one of the swing options (belt or the toddler) with an inclusion swing (e.g. accessible swing).
Assuming these changes are within the budget allotted for the project, a final concept layout will be presented and finalized. Project bids will go out and once a RFP (request for proposal) is accepted, construction will be scheduled. LENA will be working closely with the City on this project to ensure construction schedule does not interfere with our neighborhood events (e.g. summer picnic). The playground is expected to be installed this fall.
We welcome in 2017 with an optimism that Dane County will continue to serve our residents in an inclusive and respectful manner, building community engagement and values.
Specifically, the County Board will be working to make long-term improvements to the Dane County jail. Last year, Dane County made short-term repairs to address the immediate life and safety issues in our jail facilities, including fire safety measures, lock improvements, and electrical system repairs. This year we will analyze options to address the long-term safety and viability issues for the jail.
As a reminder, the Dane County Jail currently includes the downtown Public Safety Building, the 6-7th floors of the City-County Building, as well as the Huber work release facility near the Alliant Energy Center. The top two floors of City-County Building, which date back to 1954, face significant safety issues and house both maximum security inmates and those struggling with mental health issues.
In 2015, the County Board rejected expensive proposals to building a new jail, instead opting to implement short-term repairs and explore renovation/expansion of the Public Safety Building downtown. A report, recently commissioned by the board includes:
A central component of the County’s long-term corrections reform strategy includes reducing racial disparities, providing alternatives to incarceration (including restorative justice programs as well as veterans and mental health courts), reforming bail, and expedited booking. These efforts contribute to a slightly lower projection of number of inmates over time, which is promising considering the anticipated growth in Dane County over the next decade.
We note, however, that black inmates are still very disproportionately represented in the jail (38% of the jail population) and black inmates are held for significantly longer (over 30% longer). So there is a lot more work to do.
The report offers two long-term recommendations for replacing the outdated, unsafe space on the 6 & 7th floors of the City County Building by expanding the existing downtown Public Safety Building either by (1) vertically add four floors or (2) horizontally expanding the footprint. Both strategies are outlined in two phases and would cost between $120-135 million.
This continues to be a costly and challenging issue. Please review the report and let us know what you think – you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Schmidt.email@example.com.
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