Chippewa Co. Inmate Receives State Mental Health Help After Sheriff Calls System ‘Broken’

In Chippewa County, the sheriff’s office says the state finally took over custody of a mentally ill inmate.

Last week, we told you about an inmate at the Chippewa County Jail in desperate need of long term, professional mental health services.

More help than the jail could provide.

Sheriff Michael Bitnar says the veteran was found incompetent to stand trial in December and that a bed in a mental health facility would not be available until June.

That changed on Thursday.

The sheriff says the vet will now receive the help he so desperately needs.

The sheriff added that he still has three people waiting for state beds in the jail.

Some have been waiting since October.

The sheriff said, “It seems we have won this battle — but the war is far from over.”