Mental health issues can affect people in various ways, in some instances resulting in criminal behavior.  In an attempt to catch someone suffering from mental illness before it gets to that point, a group of some of the most influential citizens in Madison County are coming together under the umbrella of a newly-formed mental health task force.

Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz says the task force is just getting off the ground.

Hertz comments

He says it is important that when someone runs across another member of society with mental health issues, those problems are identified and the person gets the help they need as soon as possible.

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