News Flash

Posted on: October 26, 2020

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

Looks like a stained glass window with people

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...

Read on...

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

Washtenaw ahead of the curve in national movement for police reform

Image of a woman with her arms up to the sky---above it reads "Listen, Learn, Change"

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-docum...

Read on...

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

Millage funds Mental Health First Aid train the trainer initiative

Scrabble board reads Mental Health First Aid

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...

Read on...

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

COVID-era telehealth expansion brings both improvements and challenges

Photo of doctor, holding a phone and waving at a telehealth client she sees on the screen

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...

Read on...

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

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

Illustration of diverse crowd wearing N95 masks to protect from covid

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...

Read on...

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

New website features millage background, data, and accomplishments

Image of computer screen that says "It's time for something new"

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...

Read on...

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

Community Mental Health releases 2019 annual report

People standing in a row with arms over neighbor's shoulders

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...

Read on...

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

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

Illustration of a hand holding a phone with the number 734-544-3050 on it

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...

Read on...

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

Mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Illustration of diverse individuals with masks

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...

Read on...

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

WCCMH staff join Washtenaw's Crisis Negotiation Team

Photo of two hands, one with stripes and one with polka dots, shaking.

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...

Read on...

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

Millage Q&A with Community Corrections Manager Renee Wilson

Photo of Washtenaw County Community Corrections Manager Renee Wilson.

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...

Read on...

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

Washtenaw County prepares to launch LEAD

Rainbow colored arrows moving off in different directions.

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...

Read on...

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

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

Two binders. One says grants and the other says applications.

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...

Read on...

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

More SURE Moms, thanks to Washtenaw County voters

Photo of Washtenaw SURE Moms Coordinator Florence Roberson

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...

Read on...

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

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

Photo of four teens smiling in front of the Corner Health Center sign.

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...

Read on...

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

Four local agencies receive millage-funded supportive housing contracts

Image of a wooden block shaped like a house with a heart leaning against it.

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...

Read on...

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

Coming soon: Washtenaw County crisis observation and assessment center

Photo of crisis center peer support specialist Jackie Campbell

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...

Read on...

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

Millage Q&A with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

AndyLaBarre_NF

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...

Read on...

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

WISD receives funds for youth mental health programming

Hands with flowers, fingers making a heart

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 ...

Read on...

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

#wishyouknew mental health campaign launches across the county

YoureNotAlone_WishYouKnew_WCMentalHealthCampaign_NF

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...

Read on...

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

Washtenaw and Detroit to participate in national LEAD training institute

Illustration of applause

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...

Read on...

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

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

shutterstock_512696788

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...

Read on...

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

NAMI Washtenaw receives millage contract for outreach in underserved communities

Hands reaching toward each other

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, ...

Read on...

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

High schools invited to apply for anti-stigma campaign grants

Apply now illustration

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...

Read on...

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

Help design an anti-stigma campaign for Washtenaw youth

Lightbulb design concept

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...

Read on...

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

Millage-funded therapeutic groups forming

Rainbow colored chairs in a circle

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...

Read on...

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

Millage funds rural service delivery expansion

shutterstock_537052360

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...

Read on...

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

Underfunding and deficit reduction

Underfunding dictionary definition

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...

Read on...

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

Substance use disorder systems transformation kicks off 100-day challenge

Transform concept picture

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 ...

Read on...

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

Introducing the millage advisory committee

Advisory committee concept photo

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...

Read on...

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

Millage-funded staff work to meet countywide demand

Nurse holding heart in hands

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...

Read on...

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

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

First aid kit

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...

Read on...

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

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

shutterstock_214411201

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...

Read on...

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

Transforming Washtenaw's substance use disorder system

shutterstock_1266158485

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...

Read on...

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

Planning juvenile justice diversion activities

Diversion concept illustration

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...

Read on...

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

Announcing millage-funded countywide service expansion

shutterstock_1717438750 (1)

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...

Read on...

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

Public safety accomplishments and plans for future millage investments

shutterstock_176164685

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 sys...

Read on...

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

Plans for initial millage investments

shutterstock_583713823 (1)

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.

Washtenaw County Commu...

Read on...

Community Mental Health - Millage News