State Sens. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Kevin Daley (R-Arcadia Township) are making it their mission to keep the Caro Center mental health facility in Caro.
The Caro Center is a company that has served the local area since its inception in 1914. The center cares for people with mental health issues including mental illness, developmental disabilities and epilepsy.
Horn says it’s not only important to keep the center local for Tuscola County, but for the entire region.
“I joined the fight because it was the right thing to do,” Horn said.
Parts of the Caro Center facility have been shut down by the Michigan Occupational and Safety and Health Administration because of public safety and health concerns. But over the years, the state of Michigan has tried its best to keep up the building.
“We agreed as a legislature to rebuild a 200 bed facility there,” Horn said. According to him, the plan changed once the new administration came in. “It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me that they would refuse to build an approved facility when we have this kind of demand and a need for it in that region.”
Gretchen Whitmer became governor of the state in 2018 with 53 percent of the vote, according to the official state government site.
Horn points out that the need isn’t just for Tuscola County, but for the whole state of Michigan. But, he asserts that we have to solve the problems where they are already at.
“Right now we have a problem in Caro,” Horn said. “Fix the problem where you can ... where the fix has already been approved. And the are not doing that.”
Daley hosted a rally in August to bring awareness to the issue. Horn says he will continue to use the system and work to get the current administration to go forth with the Caro Center construction.