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'Vexing' emergency detentions issue still up in air
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MONROE - Local law enforcement agencies support the Madison Police Department's push to open Mendota Mental Health Institute for emergency detentions, an issue Madison's police chief said is "vexing." Madison Police Chief Michael Koval met with state officials last week to discuss possibly opening MMHI for emergency detentions, which are for individuals who could pose harm to others or themselves and are in need of a mental health evaluation. MMHI closed its doors to emergency detentions in April, though for many other law enforcement agencies besides Madison's they have been effectively closed for about three years.