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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Board of Commissioners Approve Quadrennial Budget

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Washtenaw County, MI - The Board of Commissioners recently approved the 2023-2026 Quadrennial County Budget. Across the four years, the recommended annual budgets range from $362 Million to $369 Million and are all balanced to ensure fiscal respo...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Funding Moves Forward for Eastern County Recreation and Community Center

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November 21,  2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Crystal S. Campbell || Public Information Officer 

[email protected] || (734) 478-1856

FUNDING MOVES FORWARD FOR EASTERN COUNTY RECREATION ANDCOMMUNITY CENTER

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Meeting Notice: Washtenaw County Officials to Provide Update on Broadband Investment

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Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County officials will be hosting a Broadband Townhall at Sylvan Township Hall on September 26, 2022, from 6:30 to 8pm.  

In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved a historic investme...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: August 9, 2022

Washtenaw County Board Invests in Affordable Home Ownership Development

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At their August 3rd meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved funding that will help expand housing access in Washtenaw County. This $3.6 million investment of American Rescue Plan Act funds will support a mixed-income residential housing development i...
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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 21, 2022

Board Hosts Drop-In Public Input Sessions for ARPA Investments

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Join county officials to learn more and give input on proposals for the next round of American Rescue Plan Act investments. Only have 15 minutes? That's okay! These drop-in sessions are set up so you can stop by quickly or stay longer if you want...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 15, 2022

Sustainable, Mixed-Income Platt Road Development Moves Forward

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Washtenaw County, MI – At the most recent Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Andy LaBarre offered a liaison report about the exciting recent news surrounding the Veridian at County Farm housing development...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 5, 2022

Board of Commissioners Set to Consider $1.6 Million Investment in Community Violence Interventions

Board Set To Consider Community Priority Fund Recommendations: Violence Interventions

Washtenaw County, MI – Tomorrow night, the Board of Commissioners is set to deliberate and vote on recommendations to invest $1.6 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund three community violence prevention programs as part of th...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: June 21, 2022

First Household Connected as part of Board’s Historic Broadband Infrastructure Investment

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Washtenaw County, MI – In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved a historic investment for Washtenaw County to become one of the first counties in the state to create a path for every household to access highspeed broadband...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Washtenaw County Invests $3.5 Million in Human Services

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At Wednesday evening’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners cemented Washtenaw County’s commitment to increasing and extending funding for human services i...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Board of Commissioners Approve Additional Support for Direct Assistance Program

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Last week, the Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions that support the expansion of important direct assistance initiatives administered by the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED): the Barrier Busters Network and the Weatherizatio...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Commissioners Adopt Community Violence Interruption Policy Framework; Invite Cities and Townships to

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Washtenaw County, MI – In response to a series of tragic gun violence incidents that resulted in the shooting deaths of young men in Washtenaw County in the Summer of 2021, a diverse group of people, including community members...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Commissioner Justin Hodge Appointed Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity

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Washtenaw County, MI – This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Commissioner Justin Hodge as Chairperson of the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity. Commissioner Hodge has served as a member of the commission since 2021....

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Commissioner Sue Shink Appointed Vice Chairperson of Transportation Coordinating Council

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SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces that Sue Shink, Commissioner of District 2 and Board Chairperson in Washtenaw County, has been named Vice Chairperson of SEMCOG’s Transportation Coordinating Council (TCC).

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

Board Investment in Addressing Child Care Access Serves Over 100 Families in 2021

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Washtenaw County, MI – In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners allocated $2 million to equitably address child care access as part of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. This investment included dollars from both the American Rescue Plan and...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: March 17, 2022

Board Recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility; Establishes Gender Affirming Policy Committee

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that annually recognizes March 31st as Transgender Day of Visibility in Washtenaw County. For the past several years, the Board has recognized t...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Board of Commissioners Passes $11 Million Package to Invest in Community Health and Wellbeing

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a series of investments using funds from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. This is the second package of investm...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Board Approves the Acceptance of a Grant to Launch a Drivers Education Assistance Program

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Washtenaw County, MI – Earlier this month, Washtenaw County Commissioners voted to approve the acceptance of a grant from The Auto Club Group Foundation (AAA) to launch a new initiative to help youth from under-resourced communities aff...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Board Joins Calls for a Hearing on Conditions in Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to support State Senator Jeff Irwin’s request for a hearing on allegations of extreme staffing shortages and deteriorating prison conditions...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: February 1, 2022

UPDATED: February 2nd Board of Commissioners and Working Session Meetings Canceled

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Public Notice: January 19th Board of Commissioners and Working Session Meetings Canceled

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has canceled its meetings for tomorrow (Wednesday, February 2nd) due to anticipated severe winter weather in Washtenaw Coun...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Washtenaw County to Begin Comprehensive Climate Action Planning Process

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allocate funds to climate action planning efforts. The resolution approves a contract with Resource Recycling Systems to assist in the development ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Board of Commissioners Address Broadband Needs Countywide with $15.5 million investment

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Washtenaw County, MI – At their meeting last week, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved up to $15,472,270 to address broadband needs countywide. The COVID-19 pandemic made the importance of having access to high-speed...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Board of Commissioners Commit $2 Million to Equitably Address Childcare Access in Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners have committed $2 million to equitably address childcare access needs in Washtenaw County. This commitment is part of the first round of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan allocati...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Commissioners Approve $30.5 Million Dollar Package Through the Ways and Means Committee

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a historic resolution obligating up to $30.5 million dollars for community investments through the Ways and Means Committee. This proposed package ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 6, 2021

Commissioners Host Panel on Stonewall Documentary and LGBTQ+ Services in Washtenaw County

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On June 28th, Commissioners Katie Scott and Jason Morgan hosted a documentary screening and panel discussion on Facebook Live as part of the Board of Commissioners' recognition of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The panel discussion inclu...

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Posted on: October 26, 2022

Washtenaw County ID Card Now More Accessible - Application Fee Reduced

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Washtenaw County ID Card Program Now More Accessible to Residents

Application Fee Reduced from $25 to $10

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The Washtenaw County ID Card program is now more accessible to county residents in need of obtaining identifica...

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Clerk - News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Clerk/Register of Deeds Online and By-Mail Services

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The public is encouraged to access services provided by the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register's office online and by mail for both convenience and safety.

Order Certified Copies of Vital Records 

  • Birth, Death & Marriage records are avail...
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News Flash

Posted on: January 17, 2023

Employers, mentors needed to develop future talent through summer youth employment program

Applications for young adults and employers open at SummerWorks.info

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI.,  January 2023 – SummerWorks seeks to pair more than 100 of Washtenaw County’s motivated young people, aged 16-24, with Washtenaw County employers and University of Michigan departments. Youth li...

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Washtenaw County to Launch Small Business Growth Activator in January 2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:     Cheranissa Roach

Office of Community and Economic Development

[email protected]

(734) 210-7699           Website URL https://www.wa...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: September 2, 2022

Washtenaw County OCED Served Thousands of Residents, Distributed Millions of Dollars in Household Su

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As the pandemic continued through 2021, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) continued to address the needs of the community and ensure residents had access to emergency food and shelter, financial support for rental an...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

FY2023 Community Action Plan Community Services Block Grant

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The Community Action Plan (CAP) serves as a roadmap demonstrating how Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) eligible entities plan to deliver CSBG services. The CAP identifies and assesses poverty related needs and resources in the community and establish...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 21, 2022

Listening Session on Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC)

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Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) is the main way residents can get in touch with housing & homelessness services. HAWC administers intakes and assessments and refers people for services as appropriate and available. We want to hear about you...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Community Dialogues on Funding Opportunity to Address Unsheltered Homelessness

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The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) released a new funding opportunity to address unsheltered homelessness. 

These meetings will cover:

  • Overview of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Data presentation to understand com...
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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Beat the heat this summer at these Washtenaw County cooling sites!

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As temperatures rise, locations listed below are available to the public to escape the heat and stay cool.
During extreme heat, stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. See more hot weather safety tips from Washtenaw County Health De...
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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Foster Grandparent Program Recruiting Volunteers, Ages 55+

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Washtenaw County’s Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is currently recruiting income-eligible individuals, ages 55 years or older, for a rewarding opportunity to provide educational support and mentorship to youth in local schools, daycare setting...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: March 18, 2022

CANCELED: April 20th Public Hearing on Washtenaw Urban County Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan

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3RD PUBLIC HEARING CANCELED  
Since the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, April 20 has been canceled, the 3rd Public hearing for the Draft 2022 Urban County Action Plan (on the agenda) has also been canceled.

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Request for Community Reviewers - New Human Services Partnership

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Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw Urban County have worked diligently to develop the New Human Services Partnership, replacing Coordinated Funding of Human Services.  The renewed focus of the Partnership is to incorporate ...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Barrier Busters: 20 Years of Service to Community in 2021 - Provided $530K in Emergent Needs

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As the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continued through 2021, the Barrier Busters Network responded to individual crisis by providing emergency assistance to residents across Washtenaw County. A comprehensive summary of the group’s co...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: March 18, 2022

Public Hearings on Washtenaw Urban County Draft 2022 Program Year Annual Action Plan

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS & COMMENT PERIOD

Public Hearings on Washtenaw Urban County Draft 2022 Program Year Annual Action Plan

 

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: February 25, 2022

City of A2 Housing & Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) hosts Affordable Housing Ed Series

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The City of Ann Arbor's Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) is hosting an Affordable Housing Educational Series. This 7 session series will be part of the HHSAB's regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

This 7-session series will f...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

SUMMERWORKS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM BUILDS LIFE-LONG NETWORKS & CAREERS

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Washtenaw County, MI., February 2022 - The ten-week summer employment and mentorship program, SummerWorks, has paired more than 85 local businesses with more than 380 young adult interns in our community (ages 16-24) since its inception in 2016. ...

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Posted on: February 4, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE: EXTENDED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS & RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS

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PUBLIC NOTICES: EXTENDED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS & RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

Notice #1: Needs Assessment for Washtenaw Urban County 2022-23 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is here...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: December 13, 2021

Barrier Busters Network Continues to Assist with Emergent Needs, 3rd Quarter Report Available Now

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The Barrier Busters 3rd Quarter Report provides information about the type of funding requests distributed to Washtenaw County residents from July 1 - September 30, 2021. Highlights include: 

  • 45.3% of total requests in the third quarter assisted u...
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Posted on: August 3, 2021

New Human Services Partnership to Replace Coordinated Funding

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Washtenaw County and the City of Ann Arbor are working together in coordination with other local funding agencies to develop a New Human Services Partnership to replace Washtenaw Coordinated Funding.

The New partnership will focus investments in efforts to...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

UPDATED: Flood Resources Available for Washtenaw County Residents

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UPDATE: The deadline for survivors for the June 25-26 severe storms and flooding to register with FEMA for individual disaster assistance has been extended to Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

The extension applies to survivors living in Wayne and Was...

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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Barrier Busters Unmet Needs Fund Continues to Support Residents Impacted by the Pandemic

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A summary report from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) shows financial assistance requests made during the first quarter of 2021 (January through March 2021) to the Barrier Buster Unmet Needs Fund continued...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Releases Bi-Annual Report

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Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (WCBRA) recently released the program’s bi-annual report. The report includes information about activities, grant programs, and financial data from 2019 and 2020. 

Highlights from the r...

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

CANCELED: April 20th Public Hearing on Washtenaw Urban County Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan

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3RD PUBLIC HEARING CANCELED  
Since the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, April 20 has been canceled, the 3rd Public hearing for the Draft 2022 Urban County Action Plan (on the agenda) has also been canceled.

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: February 4, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE: EXTENDED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS & RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS

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PUBLIC NOTICES: EXTENDED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS & RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

Notice #1: Needs Assessment for Washtenaw Urban County 2022-23 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is here...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Public Comment Period & Public Hearings | Urban County Draft 2021-22 Action Plan

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Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) that three public hearings will be held to solicit citizen input on the Draft Wa...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices

News Flash

Posted on: September 10, 2019

Affordable Housing

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Our office partners with a number of community partners to improve, protect, and expand our county's affordable housing stock.

Learn more about this work by checking out https://www.washtenaw.org/722/Affordable-Housing 

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Historic Preservation

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The Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program is dedicated to supporting local historic districts, spurring heritage tourism, and attracting investment in our historic resources.

Learn more about this work by checking out https://www.washtena...

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News Flash

Posted on: December 15, 2022

$2.3 million awarded to fill gaps in youth mental health care

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Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage Advisory Committee has awarded $2.3 million over three years to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) to fill gaps in youth mental health programming. The grant ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 15, 2022

Presenting NAMI Washtenaw County’s local resource guide, Taking Care.

NAMI - Katie Baker at You Are Not Alone: Community Stories of Mental Health

“Your Mind Matters” are the first words you see when you open Washtenaw County’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s new mental health resource booklet, Taking Care

Even though mental illnesses are very common—one in five Americ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 15, 2022

A Q&A with Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD Case Manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health

 Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD Case Manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health

We recently spoke with Willie Sturdivant, Jr., a case manager at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) who works with the county’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) program.

Q. How did you come...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 15, 2022

Washtenaw County's crisis response team offers in person support

Emily Scheitz, a crisis response professional at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health

We sat down with Emily Scheitz from the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health crisis response team to learn about the unique way it serves the county, and the team’s plans for the future.

The crisis team provides 24/7 crisis mental health care...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 15, 2022

The millage shares its 2021 annual impact report

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We are delighted to share the latest Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage annual report. The impact of the millage–on Washtenaw County Community Mental Health services and on the services provided by essential community partners–h...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 29, 2022

Washtenaw County aims for systems-level criminal justice reform with a new pilot program

People participating in Washtenaw County's law assisted diversion and deflection program

By Gregory Powers

While the U.S. incarceration rate recently fell to its lowest level since 1995, the nation still incarcerates a larger proportion of its population than any other country in the world. Right now, there are an es...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 29, 2022

CLR Academy–a sports-focused, leadership program for K-8 youth–expands with millage funding

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By Gregory Powers

In Washtenaw County, there’s a free summer program for K-8 youth who reside in neighborhoods with common barriers to healthy living—a lack of transportation or healthy foods, or a history of gun violence. And,...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 29, 2022

Thanks to millage funding, new positions at WCCMH and partner agencies help meet community needs

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By Kimberly Snodgrass

From reentry support staff to peer support specialists, Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation millage has funded community-based positions since 2019. These highly specialized posit...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 29, 2022

The national 988 Lifeline for mental health launched. What does that mean for Washtenaw?

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By Gregory Powers

Launched in July 2022, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national behavioral health initiative, backed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 24/7 line is desi...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Washtenaw County explores the prospect of a youth assessment center

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By Kimberly Snodgrass

Almost three decades ago, Hillsborough County–home to Tampa, FL–was in the middle of a juvenile justice crisis. 

The county’s youth detention centers were overcrowded. Its youth recidivis...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

With greater resources from millage, WCCMH becomes access point for substance use referrals

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By Gregory Powers

In Washtenaw County, there’s a phone number for individuals seeking substance use support—a 24/7 hotline that gives people access to an immediate screening, referral to a community provider, or guidance on how to get c...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Millage funding helps NAMI build relationships and trust in Washtenaw County communities

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Story by Cleoniki Kesidis

“Outreach is not easy work,” says Judy Gardner, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Washtenaw County (NAMI). “It’s relationships build...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Mental Health First Aid trainers are teaching our community how to respond to those in need

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Story by Seaira Wainaina and Gregory Powers

Each year in the United States, one in five adults and one in six youth experience mental illness. And in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—with social isolation, job...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

A tsunami of need: the millage provides social workers to support youth in schools

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Story by Cleoniki Kesidis

As pandemic conditions change, the need for mental health services in schools continues to rise.

“It’s like a tsunami,” says Stacey Doyle, a Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) socia...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Reentry redux: How millage funds help residents of the jail navigate community reentry

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By Erin Spanier

Returning to the community after a jail stay. 

It sounds simple enough on the face of it, but even in resource-rich communities like ours, more than half of Michiganders will return to jail within three years of release. An...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Success from planning: how community conversations, collaboration shaped the millage’s initial years

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By Elisabeth Paymal

If indeed “planning is everything,” then what makes planning successful? As we reflect on the impact of the first three years of the Washtenaw County's Public Safety and Mental Hea...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage funds help Ozone House youth with housing and supportive services

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For over 50 years, Ozone House has played a pivotal role in Washtenaw County—assisting runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families.

While stable housing is a primary focus, the organization has expanded its&nbs...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Introducing LEADD: A new millage-supported program to divert from jail to mental health services

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Imagine this situation: Someone is intoxicated, possibly struggling with a larger problem like addiction or poverty, and refusing to leave a business. The business owner calls the police. What should the police do?

“Traditionally, the police had ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage partners with 5 Healthy Towns to tackle mental health needs of western Washtenaw County

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When it comes to health and wellness programs and services, Washtenaw County is typically viewed as a “resource rich” community—home to two major health systems and a robust collection of social service organizations.

Many of ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage funds an expansion of the mobile crisis team to partner with the Chelsea Police Department

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When the mental health and public safety millage began funding services in Washtenaw County, a key goal was increasing access for rural residents.

While the eastern part of Washtenaw County is urban, the western part is mainly agricultural and rural. Chels...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

With millage support, Student Advocacy Center helps local youth navigate their education

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Students with mental and behavioral health needs often struggle in school, as early as elementary school. They may feel misunderstood, confused, or uncomfortable. And sometimes, it causes them to act out—which can disrupt their education and set...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Washtenaw's mental health millage attracts press, serving as a model for others communities

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Throughout 2021, the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage was featured in a number of local publications—and even nationally in Politico. Media mentions like these have a ripple effect, making it possible for the millage to serve...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Corner Health Center is serving the psychiatry needs of Washtenaw County youth with millage funding

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One-stop care. What is it? A place that meets your needs holistically—from physical health to mental health, from wellness to treatment, from education to support.

For some, it might sound like a lofty ideal. However, at a colorful store...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Millage funding and partnerships are reforming how Washtenaw County responds to public safety

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Beginning in 2019, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH)—with funding from the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage—came together to adopt a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Millage mini-grants are normalizing conversations about mental health in Washtenaw County schools

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As the 2020 school year wrapped up, students at Clague Middle School on Ann Arbor’s northeast side were checking out books from a new mental health library—made possible by mini-grant funding from the Washten...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Fostering hope, peer support specialists are helping people on their journey to recovery

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There aren’t too many job applications where checking the box for a criminal history or a mental illness or a history of addiction would give you an edge. But for peer-support specialists, it’s a decided advantage. 

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Not just a bed. Millage funds shelters, staff to help residents get and stay healthy

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For Avalon Housing, the millage has funded support services at Hickory Way, a residential community that offers easy access to transportation and amenities for those who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Each apartment at Hickory Way is meant...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Breaking the stigma: How the mental health millage is empowering youth to reach out

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"I wish parents knew that mental health is real,” says one #wishyouknew social media post beside a portrait of a local teen. Another says, "Don't talk at me or down to me, talk with me.”

The Wish You Knew campaign, funded by Washtenaw County’s Pu...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

County hospital visits decrease as millage-funded programs ramp up

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Recently, Dr. Victor Hong, medical director of psychiatric emergency services (PES) at Michigan Medicine, contacted the millage-funded CARES team at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. He had been notified that an individual in the community showed ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Millage fuels partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, and police

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Since the implementation of Washtenaw County’s voter-approved Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage in January of 2019, meaningful partnerships have flourished across the county. These partnerships expand access to mental health a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Millage-funded CARES team: serving all residents, regardless of insurance status

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Mental health care access for everybody–no matter what their insurance status is.

This was an ambitious goal of Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which residents passed two-to-one, ensuring that everyone in o...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Independent, reliable cash: Millage allows Washtenaw County to address local needs

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When JFK signed the Community Mental Health Act in 1963, community-based mental health and substance use treatment options began to spring up across the U.S. These new programs allowed people with significant mental illnesses and developmental disabilitie...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

The expected--and the unexpected--impact of a room and phone

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Across the U.S. nearly 1.4 million people rely on homeless shelters and transitional housing programs each year. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and social service agencies across the nation--some well, and others poorly--employed...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Garret's Space delivers 20,000 mental health flyers to homes across the county

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As suicide rates continue to rise throughout the nation, especially among young people, one local Washtenaw County family is working to help those in need access services.

Suicide rates increased 33 percent nationally from 1999 to 2017, with the sharpest i...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

First year of reentry services grant focuses on new staff, housing supports

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In 2019, Washtenaw County received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration. The purpose: To address high recidivism rates--the rates of individuals returning to jail after release--among those with mental health and su...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

County jail expands use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

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Nationally, about 80 percent of people in jail abuse alcohol or drugs. About half are considered clinically addicted. Oftentimes, substance use plays a direct or indirect role in a person’s jail time–which is why access to treatment is...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

WCCMH Black Lives Matter Task Force

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On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police led hundreds of thousands of people throughout the nation to join the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. While the BLM movement is broad, it essentially seeks to eradicate systemic racism thro...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

A Q&A with CARES Team Access Supervisor Shannon Ellis

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The CARES team is a group of mental health professionals funded by Washtenaw County's voter-approved Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage on May 1, 2019 when services were expanded to all residents, regardless of insurance status or severi...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

WCCMH launches 24/7 crisis center with millage resources

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Washtenaw County residents have long asked for a 24/7 crisis center—a place where individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis can go for help and emotional support. Thanks to the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, this vision ha...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funded “prayer and care” summit: Mental health resources for faith communities

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) has organized a virtual summit for members of the clergy to learn about mental health resources for faith communities. The Prayer and Care summit will be held on Octob...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Washtenaw ahead of the curve in national movement for police reform

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George Floyd’s death this spring, at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, sparked massive protests across the nation for meaningful police reforms to address police brutality toward Black individuals—which has been well-documented in recent year...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funds Mental Health First Aid train the trainer initiative

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This summer, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health put out a call for volunteers. The purpose? To become certified as Mental Health First Aid instructors, who will then share what they’ve learned with others in the community...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

COVID-era telehealth expansion brings both improvements and challenges

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The coronavirus pandemic has created hundreds of complicated challenges--from an increased strain on the U.S. Postal System to delays in needed health care services. But the coronavirus pandemic has also spurred solutions, including a dramatic uptick in t...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

In Washtenaw County, millage helps mitigate the impact of COVID-19

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From economic strains to a now six-month period of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily life. In Washtenaw County, “the unsurprising result,” as Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder reports for Concentrate, is “an upt...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

New website features millage background, data, and accomplishments

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is pleased to share a new website for information about the county’s eight-year Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which will be in effect through 2026.

The millage site feature...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Community Mental Health releases 2019 annual report

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Washtenaw County's Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage is an eight-year, voter-approved homeowner tax that generates resources for mental health and substance use treatment programs that improve health and quality of life across the count...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 9, 2019

For Washtenaw County residents, mental health services are just a phone call away

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Thanks to the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, all Washtenaw County residents can get help 24/7 for depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. And receiving aid is as easy as calling 734-544-3050.

As Erin Spanier report...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is continuing to provide essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our 24/7 CARES line, expanded with funding from the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage in 20...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

WCCMH staff join Washtenaw's Crisis Negotiation Team

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Last November, five mental health professionals from Washtenaw County’s Community Mental Health were tapped by the Sheriff’s Office to join Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team. 

During the first week of Decembe...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Millage Q&A with Community Corrections Manager Renee Wilson

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The Washtenaw County Community Corrections Department, part of the sheriff’s office, provides jail diversion options and assistance for people at all stages of the criminal justice process--from initial detention and court hearings to time spent...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw County prepares to launch LEAD

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This January, Washtenaw County and the City of Detroit were among 15 jurisdictions hand picked from regions across the country to participate in the inaugural LEAD National Learning Conference hosted by the U.S. Public Defender Association and the LEAD Na...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

$1 million grant to reduce recidivism, improve community reentry for individuals with MHSUD

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Washtenaw County has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration to address high recidivism rates among individuals with mental health and substance use disorders to build on collaborative work between the Washten...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

More SURE Moms, thanks to Washtenaw County voters

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With a $90,000 investment from Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, the SURE Moms program—designed to unite, support, and empower mothers of justice-involved youth—is being extended to more...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

New partnership with Corner Health provides behavioral health care for teens and young adults

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Founded 39 years ago by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to address health disparities among teenage moms, the Corner Health Center in downtown Ypsilanti has grown into a tremendous local resource: a full-service integrated health clinic that addr...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Four local agencies receive millage-funded supportive housing contracts

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Four local agencies have been awarded millage contracts to enhance supportive housing for youth and adults with mental health and substance use concerns. 

“One of the key recommendations made by Washtenaw County’s Community Men...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Coming soon: Washtenaw County crisis observation and assessment center

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In an unassuming brick building just down the street from the Washtenaw County Health Department in Ypsilanti a new community resource is in the final stages of development. It’s an observation and assessment center for individuals in crisis--on...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Millage Q&A with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

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In 2017, Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre was instrumental in the development and passage of the county’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which currently provides about $16 million per year. Thirty-eight percent o...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

WISD receives funds for youth mental health programming

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A two-year Public Safety and Mental Health Millage grant of $107,000 has been awarded to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) for mental health and anti-stigma activities. In year one, WISD will use roughly half of these resources to provide ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

#wishyouknew mental health campaign launches across the county

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The #wishyouknew youth mental health campaign officially kicked off on Monday, November 25, with artwork by local artist Lauren Mills, quotes from outreach with hundreds of Washtenaw County youth and adults, and a short video featuring Alisha Spencer, a l...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw and Detroit to participate in national LEAD training institute

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Washtenaw County and Detroit are the first Michigan jurisdictions to be chosen to participate in the national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) training institute in Seattle, WA.

Five Washtenaw County diversion leaders--from the Washtenaw County Sh...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw County organizations invited to apply for millage-funded supportive housing grants

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This spring, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health asked the Washtenaw Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) to develop a request for proposals process designed to increase supportive housing services across Washtenaw County. We are pleas...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

NAMI Washtenaw receives millage contract for outreach in underserved communities

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A Public Safety and Mental Health Millage Contract of $158,000 has been awarded to NAMI Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) to design and implement a mental health education and outreach program for youth and families in the under-served communities of Ypsilanti, ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

High schools invited to apply for anti-stigma campaign grants

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This August, the Millage Advisory Committee approved a funding application from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) to support anti-stigma campaign activities at all interested Washtenaw County high schools.

The campaigns will focus on positi...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Help design an anti-stigma campaign for Washtenaw youth

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In our last millage communication, WCCMH introduced readers to planned anti-stigma campaign efforts that are being led, through a millage-funded contract, by the Washtenaw County Health Department. The first two years of this anti-stigma work will focus o...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage-funded therapeutic groups forming

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Thanks to millage funding, our CARES team staff members are offering four new group therapy options for Washtenaw County residents. These groups are for everyone in the community--regardless of insurance or severity of need. Additional groups will be adde...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage funds rural service delivery expansion

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As of July 1, the CARES team had received 250 outpatient service referrals from Ypsilanti (115), Ann Arbor (88), Saline (11), Dexter (6), Whitmore Lake (5), Chelsea (3), and Milan (3).

While most of the referrals are currently coming from the county&rs...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Underfunding and deficit reduction

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Due to underfunding by the state and federal government of Michigan’s community mental health system—behavioral health services for low-income individuals and those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, emotional disturbances, a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Substance use disorder systems transformation kicks off 100-day challenge

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Since November 2018, dozens of representatives from Washtenaw-area organizations--including one-dozen staff members from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health--have been participating in a substance use disorder system transformation process hosted by ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Introducing the millage advisory committee

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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...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage-funded staff work to meet countywide demand

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A countywide mental health and substance use disorder service expansion--particularly for historically underserved populations across Washtenaw--has been a key priority for millage investments from the start.

As such, when millage funds first became availa...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 25, 2019

Millage will allow WCCMH to train trainers in mental health first aid

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While many of us know how to administer first aid for health conditions, few of us are trained to provide similar help for those experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. To build community capacity, WCCMH regularly offers Mental Healt...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 7, 2020

Provide input on a millage-funded countywide anti-stigma campaign

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to develop and launch a county-wide campaign to reduce stigma around mental health and addiction. 

Health department staff will begin their work with a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 25, 2019

Transforming Washtenaw's substance use disorder system

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About a dozen Washtenaw County Community Mental Health staff members have been actively participating in a series of local meetings, sponsored by the Washtenaw Health Initiative, that are designed to develop a collaborative action plan to address substanc...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

Planning juvenile justice diversion activities

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Research from the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) shows that behavioral health and trauma conditions are consistently higher among youth in the juvenile justice system when compared with the general adolescent population.

Washtena...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 30, 2019

Announcing millage-funded countywide service expansion

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On May 1, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) will extend services and service-navigation assistance to all county residents who are unable to secure community-based mental health and substance use services, regardless of their insurance type...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Public safety accomplishments and plans for future millage investments

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health works closely with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to improve services for residents with mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with law enforcement and the corrections system.

Their ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Plans for initial millage investments

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At their October 3 meeting, Washtenaw County Commissioners approved 11 recommendations from the Community Mental Health Advisory Council (CMHAC) regarding early priorities for the county’s mental health millage investments.

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Community Mental Health - Millage News

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Telehealth appointments now available. Call 734-544-3050.

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The first step to getting services is always to contact Access at 734-544-3050. But once you are in, you may be eligible to have your appointments without coming into the office. 

Telehealth services are available so you can have your app...

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Community Mental Health - News Flash
Posted on: January 9, 2022

Read our 2020 Millage Impact Report

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It was a year no one could have predicted. A time filled with uncertainty and anxiety—as businesses shut down, plans were cancelled, and services halted.

But not at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health.

From the moment COVID-19 began to change our usual...

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

U of M Law Students Made a Video About Landlord Tenant Process

Andrew Cutillo, Megan Giles, Seyoung Oh, Adam VanDeusen worked with Judge Simpson from the 14A District Court to develop a video to help litigants navigate the Landlord Tenant court process.  We are grateful for their hard work and hope that the ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

14A District Court Pioneers Online Case Resolution

Partnering with Court Innovations/Matterhorn, an Ann Arbor based company, the 14A District Court has implemented three different online case resolution platforms with more on the horizon.  The 14A District Court piloted the first of its kind onli...

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Health Officer Begins Three-Year Term on Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Livingston Board of Directors

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Jimena Loveluck, Washtenaw County Health Officer, has been appointed to the Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Livingston Board of Directors. Loveluck, whose nomination was formally approved by the Board in November 2022, began serving her three-year term earli...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Sign up for Health Department email updates

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Did you know the Health Department sends regular email updates with the latest info on health in Washtenaw County? Join our email list today! Sign up at https://bit.ly/WCHD555

Emails are usually sent weekly on Friday afternoons. You can see past...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: June 17, 2022

What to know about COVID-19 in Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County is currently at a "low"?COVID-19 Community Level (as of 1/26/23).  

CDC guidance at this level doesn't include broad masking recommendations. However, at all levels, ...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: January 4, 2023

Radon test kit sale extended - test your home today!

January is National Radon Action Month - test your home

Where can I get a radon test kit?

Through Friday, February 10, 2023, purchase a radon test kit for only $5 at the following locations:

  • Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division, between the hours of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The Environ...
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Health Department - News
Posted on: November 29, 2022

Free COVID-19 Treatment Available Through the Washtenaw County Health Department

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Washtenaw County residents who don’t have health insurance or access to a health care provider are invited to join COVID Plan4Health, a new Washtenaw County Health Department program that connects people to free antiviral treatment (Paxlovid) if they test...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: October 18, 2022

Get Your Updated COVID-19 Booster and Flu Shot

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As the weather gets colder and more of us gather indoors with loved ones, flu and COVID-19 vaccines (including updated boosters) are critically important in protecting health. The Washtenaw County Health Department encourages everyone to get a flu shot an...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Free KN95 Masks Available at the Health Department

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Individuals can walk into to the Washtenaw County Health Department to pick up free KN95 masks. Masks are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. One adult size pack per person. Walk-ups only. No registration is necessary.&n...

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Posted on: January 30, 2023

2021 Health Department Annual Report highlights vaccination efforts and ongoing COVID-19 response

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We are pleased to share our 2021 Annual Report with our partners and community. 2021 was another challenging year dominated by COVID-19, but importantly, our pandemic response gained the new tool of a vaccine that reduced serious illnesses and deaths.

Our ...

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Health Department - Spotlight on Health
Posted on: August 15, 2022

988 and Mental Health Resources in Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County residents are encouraged to call the CARES hotline directly at 734-544-3050 with any mental health concern. 988 is a great new national resource that (in most cases) will route local callers to...

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Health Department - Spotlight on Health
Posted on: July 11, 2022

WIC Project Fresh Connects Families to Healthy, Michigan-Grown Food

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As Michigan finally starts to warm up, delicious cherries, luscious blueberries, and glorious greens have started to appear at local farmers markets and farm stands. Summer provides WIC families an opportunity to experience the taste of Michigan through P...

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Health Department - Spotlight on Health
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Health Department and community partners organize free KN95 mask and COVID-19 test kit distributions

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At the height of the Omicron surge, KN95 masks and at-home tests were hard to come by for many. To address this need and keep residents safe, the Washtenaw County Health Department organized a rapid response initiative in partnership with community leader...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Western County Service Center Public Input Session

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Please consider attending the Western County Service Center Public Input Session!

Join county officials to learn more and give input on the County Space Plan and Western County Service Center.

When and Where: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 6:00 pm ES...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Funding Moves Forward for Eastern County Recreation and Community Center

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November 21,  2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Crystal S. Campbell || Public Information Officer 

[email protected] || (734) 478-1856

FUNDING MOVES FORWARD FOR EASTERN COUNTY RECREATION ANDCOMMUNITY CENTER

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 26, 2022

Washtenaw County ID Card Now More Accessible - Application Fee Reduced

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Washtenaw County ID Card Program Now More Accessible to Residents

Application Fee Reduced from $25 to $10

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The Washtenaw County ID Card program is now more accessible to county residents in need of obtaining identifica...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

First Household Connected as part of Board’s Historic Broadband Infrastructure Investment

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Washtenaw County, MI – In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved a historic investment for Washtenaw County to become one of the first counties in the state to create a path for every household to access highspeed broadband internet....

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Board Approved Community Priority Fund for Organizations Serving 48197 & 48198 Application Launches

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Washtenaw County government has launched a new portal for organizations to apply for the newly approved Community Priority Fund (CPF). The CPF is a strategic initiative funded by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners using the County’s fed...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

City of A2 Housing & Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) hosts Affordable Housing Ed Series

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The City of Ann Arbor's Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) is hosting an Affordable Housing Educational Series. This 7 session series will be part of the HHSAB's regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

This 7-session series will f...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

UPDATED: February 2nd Board of Commissioners and Working Session Meetings Canceled

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Public Notice: January 19th Board of Commissioners and Working Session Meetings Canceled

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has canceled its meetings for tomorrow (Wednesday, February 2nd) due to anticipated severe winter weather in Washtenaw Coun...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Washtenaw County to Begin Comprehensive Climate Action Planning Process

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allocate funds to climate action planning efforts. The resolution approves a contract with Resource Recycling Systems to assist in the development of a compr...

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

WCPARC January News & Into the Outdoors Winter Program Guide!

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Check out our new January News and latest publication, Into the Outdoors Program Guide for Winter!

Interested in signing up for our monthly newsletter? Subscribe here!

Questions? Contact: 

Hannah GrubbManagement Analyst, Washtenaw County Parks and R...

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Parks & Rec - News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

New Multipurpose Building at Staebler Farm Park

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WCPARC announces the groundbreaking of its long-awaited Multipurpose Building at Staebler Farm County Park. The new structure will service the needs of park staff and site partner, the Michigan Folk School.

Planning for the building began in early 2019 but...

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Posted on: June 2, 2022

Staebler Farm Park Development Proposal

Staebler Farm Park Development Proposal

The vision for the development of Staebler Farm County Park has been rooted in the desire to highlight the cultural, agricultural, and natural resources on site. It will offer Washtenaw County residents the opportunity to learn new skills, enjoyi...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

WCPARC 2021 Annual Report

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For nearly five decades, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission has been integral in making our county a desirable place to live, work and visit by providing outstanding facilities and programs. We are pleased to present our Annual Report&am...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Funding Moves Forward for Eastern County Recreation and Community Center

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November 21,  2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Crystal S. Campbell || Public Information Officer 

[email protected] || (734) 478-1856

FUNDING MOVES FORWARD FOR EASTERN COUNTY RECREATION ANDCOMMUNITY CENTER

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Prosecutor's Office Releases 2022 Year End Report

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 In 2022, we secured major convictions, built new programs, litigated major cases, and secured millions of dollars in resources to benefit our community. But none of our work was done alone. To our partners, volunteers, and staff, we extend our h...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Prosecutor's Office Publishes 2021 Year End Report

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In 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a number of new policies, initiatives, and projects aimed at protecting public safety, and promoting fairness and equity in the criminal legal system. These changes came as the result...

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Posted on: January 5, 2023

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton Looks Forward to Working with State and Local Partners to Imp

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The following  link is to the press release put out by the State Court Administrative Office which also contains a link to the full report.  

https://www.courts.michigan.gov/news-releases/2022/december/jail-reform-advisory-council-annual-...

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Sheriff - News & Announcements
Posted on: November 1, 2022

Media Release: Understanding and Supporting CVI

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Recently, several loud voices are pushing back against the concept of community-based peers with lived experience working to save lives through the anti-violence movement. This push back is short-sighted, irresponsible, and contrary to the national emergi...

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Sheriff - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 13, 2022

WCSO Welcomes a New K-9 Team

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Effective Friday, September 29th, 2022, Deputy Greg Roberts has completed initial certification for both dogs he will handle, Bruno and Wolverine.  Bruno, a German Shepherd Dog (GSD), is assigned as a patrol dog.  His proficiencies inclu...

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Sheriff - News & Announcements
Posted on: August 10, 2022

SCAM ALERT

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Recently, we have received several calls for service involving law enforcement impersonation scams. The scammers are telling the recipient they are with a local law enforcement agency and are contacting them for an outstanding warrant or other police rela...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Free Income Tax Filing Assistance Available

Free income tax preparation assistance is available to households earning less than $60,000 per year through United Way of Washtenaw County. To make an appointment, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-552-1183 starting January 19. Space fills up quickly, so don'...

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Treasurer - News

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Issues of the Environment-Recycle Ann Arbor is a leader in plastics recycling

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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Water - News
Posted on: January 3, 2023

TAKE A SURVEY TO HELP PROTECT WATER QUALITY

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Take a short online survey to set the direction of our future pollution prevention outreach efforts. 15 minutes of your time will help us protect water quality in the Huron River watershed. 

TAKE THE SURVEY!

Sharing your opinion ensures that HRWC p...

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Posted on: December 21, 2022

Home Toxics Center Temporarily Closed

HTC Temporarily Closed Dec 30 thru Mid-Jan

You Make the Home Toxics Center A Success!

The Home Toxics Center aims to make a difference in our community by safely disposing of or recycling our residents’ home toxics for no cost. In 2021, the Home Toxics Center had over 4,000-weekday drop-o...

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Water - News
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Issues of the Environment-Michigan winters are changing and climate adaptation is key to the future

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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Water - News
Posted on: January 4, 2023

Business Owners – protect water quality inside, outside & under your building!

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Business Owners – protect water quality inside, outside & under your building! 

Businesses have a direct effect on the water quality in the Rouge River watershed. When rain and snow/ice melt travel across the land (watershed) and int...

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Water - News
Posted on: December 13, 2022

The Green Room. . .Butterflies, Dragonflies & Moths in Washtenaw

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The Green Room

"The Green Room" is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network (CTN), Washtenaw County Public Works and the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner.  The show is produced by B...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Issues of the Environment-Improving our environment with the use of a 'circular economy'

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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