Millage News

Washtenaw jail-based behavioral health services aims to break the cycle of recidivism

“Coming into the jail, you often don’t know when you'll get out,” says Aaron Suganuma, the reentry coordinator. “Our goal has been to reach people as early as possible and connect them to resources that will promote their long term stability...” Read more.

A Q&A with Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD Case Manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health


We’re trying to break the cycle of recidivism and reduce racial disparities, says Willie Sturdivant, Jr., a case manager who works with the county’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) program.…. Read more. 

Millage funding and partnerships are reforming how Washtenaw County responds to public safety


Thanks to millage funding, the relationship between the WCSO and WCCMH is more formal than it was previously—which is fueling more and better reforms…. Read more.  

Partnership between Washtenaw County sheriff and community mental health strengthens crisis response.


This past March, a 32-year-old armed man barricaded himself in his Superior Township home. While details of a dramatic 36-hour standoff with police made headlines across the state, today many Washtenaw County residents remain unaware of an important detail… Read more. 

Co-response pilot in Ypsi Township pairs sheriff's deputy and social worker for mental health calls


The best part of the co-response program is that she connects with people who might need Community Mental Health services but would never reach out for them directly… Read more.  

International conference on "problem-oriented policing" coming to Ann Arbor


Problem-oriented policing is the type of policing many in our community have been asking to see. It's our policing philosophy, and to have the conference coming here is a pretty big deal," says Derrick Jackson, director of community engagement at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office... Read more

Ypsilanti-founded Community Violence Intervention Team pursues 14 strategies to reduce gun violence


The Community Violence Intervention Team (CVIT), is a collaborative effort that seeks to prevent gun violence in Washtenaw County. The team came out of an effort, spearheaded by former Ypsilanti Mayor Lois Richardson, to address community violence … Read more. 

Gun violence survivors speak out to change cycle of revenge shootings in Washtenaw County | WEMU-FM


“The work that we've been doing primarily with the WeLIVE program is on the street level gang violence, and that is about 80 to 85% retaliatory” says  Derrick Jackson, Washtenaw County Sheriff Department Director of Community Engagement… Read more