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File #: 65618    Version: 1 Name: Amending the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARE
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/20/2021 In control: Fire Department
On agenda: 6/1/2021 Final action: 6/15/2021
Enactment date: 6/18/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00452
Title: Amending the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Arvina Martin, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Lindsay Lemmer, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Syed Abbas, Tag Evers, Brian Benford, Jael Currie, Charles Myadze, Nasra Wehelie, Sheri Carter, Christian A. Albouras, Juliana R. Bennett, Nikki Conklin, Grant Foster, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution amends the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team. The estimated cost of the position in 2021 is $46,350 including benefits. The estimated annual cost is $92,700. Additional supplies and services related to the position are estimated to cost $9,300.
The 2021 Fire Department operating budget includes $250,000 for the CARES Team (previously referred to as the Crisis Response Team) that can be used as required based on the final model of the program. No additional appropriation is required.

Title
Amending the Fire Department and Public Health Madison Dane County 2021 Operating Budgets to add 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist in Public Health funded by the Madison Fire Department to Support the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team.

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In developing the program structure for the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) Team it was identified by the Fire Department and Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) that there would be a benefit from the creation of a 1.0 FTE Public Health Specialist-CARES Coordinator position. This position would be within PHMDC and would be responsible for program planning, program evaluation and the strategic management of CARES Team operations.

WHEREAS, Chapter 51, Wisconsin Statutes, requires the County to provide services and staff for individuals who experience a mental health crisis; and,

WHEREAS, Chapter DHS 34, Wisconsin Administrative Code, sets the standard for operation of emergency mental health services programs by counties; and

WHEREAS, the City supports efforts to divert individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system and recognizes the importance of a coordinated mental health response from experts in the fi...

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