Public Safety and Mental Health Millage
In November 2017, Washtenaw County residents voted two-to-one in favor of an eight-year millage [read the ballot language and see the results] that would generate $5 - $6 million per year for mental health and public safety improvements beginning in January 2019.
Community Mental Health Advisory Committee
In January 2018, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners launched the Community Mental Health Advisory Committee to recommend detailed, well-informed millage investments. From February through May of 2018, the Advisory Committee conducted research and held a series of community conversations to gather input on community mental health needs and to identify evidence-based practices that would address them.
Recommended Millage Investment Priorities
In July of 2018, the Community Mental Health Advisory Committee submitted a report recommending 11 mental health and public safety investments as top priorities for the first three years of millage funding. On October 3, 2018, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendations of the Advisory Committee and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) began work to implement them.
Since December 2018, WCCMH has sent a series of communications to county stakeholders to share millage details including:
- WCCMH plans for initial millage investments
- Descriptions of past and future jail diversion and public safety work
- Announcement of May 1, 2019 WCCMH service expansion
- Recent and next steps for youth diversion activities
- Read about the first 100 days
- Read about the first six months
- Read about the first nine months
Millage Advisory Committee
In the spring of 2019, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health established a Millage Advisory Committee (MAC) to provide strategic oversight on Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Millage activities and investments. The 13-member committee, chaired by St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea President and CEO Nancy Graebner, is a subcommittee of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Board and reports to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners as required. MAC members held their first meeting on June 10 at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor. Read more to meet the committee members, learn about committee activities, and view agendas and minutes.
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