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Are you in crisis?
If you, or someone you know, is in a mental health crisis please call our Helpline at 866-512-4357.
You can contact the Crisis Center/Helpline for reasons such as:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Information on Suicide
- Information on Mental Health/Illness
- Substance Abuse/Addiction
- To Help a Friend or Loved One
*If the person is a danger to themselves or others contact 911 for assistance. If you are not in crisis and are looking to access mental health services for yourself or someone you know please contact the Access Center at 877-588-4357 or TTY 616-494-5508.
Community Mental Health (CMH) is a public provider of services for people with developmental disabilities and/or serious mental illness.Our programs and activities are governed by a Board of Directors.Our services are available to residents of Ottawa County who have Medicaid or are uninsured, and who are eligible for services as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code. We are CARF accredited for 12 programs.
At-Large Appointee Needed
Community Mental Health of Ottawa County is seeking applicants for one (1) At-Large Appointee to represent Ottawa County on the Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) Board. The LRE is the public behavioral health plan for people with mental illness, developmental disability, and substance use disorders in Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties. The LRE manages the services provided under a contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to residents in the region who have Medicaid or are under insured and who are eligible for services as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code.
Those individuals with the following areas of professional expertise are encouraged to apply:
Clergy, Providers of Service (including public transportation), Persons served (primary and secondary - MI, DD, SUD, SED), Managed Care/HMO, Healthcare Providers, Business Leaders, Educators, and Law Enforcement.
The LRE Board meets minimally monthly on the third Thursday at 1:00pm in various locations. At-Large Board members are required to pass a background check and not be on the Medicaid Sanctions list.
Interested parties should complete the application and email it to the attention of Patricia Genesky or fax (616) 393-5687 by Friday, May 27, 2016. If you have questions, you can reach Patricia Genesky at (616) 393-5647.
Mental Health Millage Passes
I am so grateful to this community for their support in passing the mental health millage, in doing so we have demonstrated that mental health matters. Community Mental Health of Ottawa County will use millage dollars to provide critical supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness as well as allow us to engage in prevention and early intervention programming for the greater community. I am proud to live and work in a community where every citizen is valued and we help those in need. I applaud Ottawa County’s willingness to be the first in Michigan to approve a dedicated mental health millage. Thank you to those individuals and organizations that helped to spread the word about this important issue.
Advocacy Efforts Needed to Remove Boilerplate Section 298 from Governor's Budget!
Recently, Governor Snyder announced the FY 2017 budget proposal, which includes Section 298 boilerplate language that will put an end to the behavioral "carve out" of the public mental health system in Michigan. Medicaid funding for CMH behavioral health programming and services will be transferred to the Medicaid Health Plans. Specifically the budget language says “ The department shall transfer the service funds appropriated in Part 1 currently provided to the PIHPs through Medicaid mental health services, Medicaid Substance Use Disorder services, Healthy Michigan plan-behavioral health and Autism services lines to the Health plan services line by Sept. 20th, 2017.” Section 298 also stipulates it will engage external stakeholders in the development of this plan and require the health plans to contract with the CMHSP’s.
In response to feedback about the budget, Lt. Governor Calley has convened a workgroup comprised of stakeholders to evaluate this proposal and plan for the future of behavioral health care in Michigan. While this workgroup is a step in the right direction, we need to continue to advocate for the budget language as written to be changed.
Contact your legislators and tell them to remove Section 298 from the budget.
Advocacy Task Force
The Community Mental Health of Ottawa County Advocacy Task Force has been formed to provide additional assistance, information, and support to our consumers and their families. We recognize our consumers and their families may occasionally need assistance in navigating the mental health system and/or a “neutral” party to answer questions and provide support. We are working closely with the ARC – Advocacy & Resource Center of Ottawa County, Disability Network Lakeshore, and other community partners to assure these resources are known and available to our consumers. Future work will include training for Independent Facilitators for Person Centered Planning meetings, regular updates related to consumer rights and protections on our website, and creation of “contract provider community liaisons” - “go to” people involved in service delivery who are likely the first point of contact with consumers and families who have concerns and questions.
If you are interested in learning more about the Advocacy Task Force or would like any of the assistance mentioned above, please contact Anna Bednarek, our Customer Services Coordinator at (616) 494-5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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