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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Millage funding approved for Ypsilanti-area Collaborative Mental Health Program

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In October, the millage approved three years of funding for the Community Family Life Center’s Collaborative Mental Health Program, dedicated to addressing the mental health concerns of Black male youth aged 10-25 in the Ypsilanti area. The fund...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health hires new youth and families wraparound facilitator

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Finding mental health and substance use support for children and teens can overwhelm and frustrate families. The more organizations involved, the more challenging it becomes. Often, families that are going through an incredibly challenging time aren’t awa...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 will give ...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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, this year, it’s exp...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 recidivism rates were high. And its law...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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) social worker. “Because of the pand...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 mission ...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 them on a...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 Washtenaw County Public Saf...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
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 - Youth Supports
Posted on: November 1, 2023

Zen spaces, support animals, and more. Millage mini-grants fund emotional supports for students

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Since 2019, the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage has provided the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD)  with funding for mini-grants to create school-based programs that support students’ mental welln...

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Community Mental Health - Youth Supports