Senate approves Zorn county infirmary bill

LANSING, Mich. — Monroe County would be given oversight of its county infirmary under legislation sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn and approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

“This reform would provide for greater local control and involvement in the operations of county infirmaries, including one in Monroe County,” said Zorn. R-Ida. “By giving the county board of commissioners the direct oversight of an infirmary in their county, we can give them the ability to ensure the facility is providing important and effective services to the people of their community.”

Senate Bill 569 would transfer the oversight of county infirmaries in Monroe and Midland counties from the state to the county board of commissioners in which the infirmary is located.

In Monroe County, the infirmary is the Fairview County Home, which provides shelter, food and medical care to chronically homeless residents with disabilities and has been in operation since 1878.

The bill is supported by the Michigan Association of Counties and has been sent to the House of the Representatives for further consideration.