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In November 2017, WashtenawCounty residents voted 2-to-1 insupport of a millage for improved access and more effective health care forpersons living with mental illness and substance use disorders.
The millage resolutionidentified these four categories of services:
Prevention- Support mental health awareness, prevention, and early intervention programming in partnership with schools, law enforcement, community service providers, and neighbors.
Crisis- Offer immediatemental health and substance use disorder crisis assessment, referral, treatmentand support diversion from jail, emergency departments, and inpatient stays.Enhance support services post crisis engagement.
Stabilization- Provide services to adults and children with the severe mental illness and developmental disabilities regardless of insurance status or with unaffordable deductibles. Reach out to individuals for whom traditional outpatient treatment is not adequate or who don’t typically seek services.
Jail Services- Enhance mental health and substance use disorder assessment and treatment in the jail. Support diversion options and offer expanded education and support to first responders.
To build a more detailed and informed set of mental health millage investments, the County Board of Commissioners has launched the Community Mental Health Advisory Committee (CMHAC). CMHAC will also draft an initial evaluation plan for those investments, recommend key partners, and build broader community understanding about this plan.
The initial plan will beshared with the Community Mental Health Board by the end of May 2018 and withthe Board of Commissioners no later than August 2018.
CommunityConversations and CMHAC Meeting Schedule
The Community Mental Health Advisory Committee is hostingcommunity conversations to share information and to hear the insights, experiencesand ideas of affected community members, interested residents, and providerpartners. This community knowledge and experience will help informthe most appropriate investments of these valuable community resources.
Current CMHAC Community Conversations and Meetings scheduled.
· Thursday, April 26,2018
Community Conversation 6:30-7:30PM
CMHAC meeting 5-6:30PM
Brown Chapel – 1043 W. Michigan,Ypsilanti, MI 48197
· Monday April 30, 2018
Community Conversation 5-6PM
St. Joseph Mercy Health Chelsea Atrium A&B
775 South Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118
· Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Community Conversation 8:30-9:30AM
CMHAC meeting 9:30-11AM
Northfield Township Hall – 8350 Main Street,Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
· Tuesday, May 29,2018
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center Michigan Room
4135 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
CMHAC Meeting Summaries