State Panel To Discuss Mental Health, Crime Monday

The first public meeting of the Michigan House’s mental health task force will be held Monday in Livingston County. State Representative Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville is the co-chair of the panel. He told Michigan News Network the need to address the link between mental health and crime is critical.

“Nationally, about 63% of the people in county jails would be classified, at some point, as heaving a mental illness,” Vaupel said. “In the state prison systems, it’s not quite that high, but it’s really a high number. They can’t really help themselves without getting some help.”

Vaupel, a Republican, says the panel will meet in Howell. It will focus on community treatment, mental health from the law enforcement and veterans perspective and its role in overall health care.