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Sen. MacDonald secures $25M for Macomb County Jail project

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday helped secure $25 million in state funding to support the construction of the new Macomb County Jail Central Intake Facility as part of the Senate’s fiscal year 2023 state budget.

“This critical funding would help Macomb County improve its jail operations to better address the substance abuse and mental health concerns of accused criminals,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Law enforcement officials have recognized for years that many inmates are suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. By focusing on getting these offenders the treatment they need rather than just punishing them for their crimes, we can help reduce crime, improve outcomes for everyone involved and save taxpayers money.

“I am proud to have helped secure this funding in the Senate budget plan and look forward to working with the governor and the House to provide this important support for our community.”

MacDonald said an amendment was added to Senate Bill 837, the Michigan State Police budget, to create a Jail Mental Health Pilot Program that would qualify the Macomb County Jail to receive $25 million in funding support to help construct an assessment center at the jail to improve the system of diverting accused criminals into mental-health and substance-abuse treatment. The funding would require a 50% match from the county.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, encourages the Senate to support the Michigan State Police budget, which would create a new Jail Mental Health Pilot Program that would qualify the Macomb County Jail to receive $25 million in funding support to help construct an assessment center at the jail to improve the system of diverting accused criminals into mental health and substance abuse treatment.