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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, serious mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. 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.

Your Advocacy Help is Needed: Talking Points Regarding CMH Funding

Right now in Lansing the Senate and House are working on their FY 18 budget proposals. Included in these proposals is language that would transfer funding for Medicaid mental health services from the current Community Mental Health system to the Medicaid Health Plans. Community Mental Health of Ottawa County is strongly opposed to this.

This idea was first introduced last year in Governor Snyder’s budget proposal. Due to significant public outcry, a workgroup was established by Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Nick Lyon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services to explore ways to best integrate physical and behavioral health care in our state. The “298 Workgroup” process and report was fair and objective, ultimately proposing a series of recommendations that included steps to improve the coordination but not the elimination of a publicly funded physical health and behavioral health system. CMHOC is supportive of the recommendations made by the 298 Workgroup and urge our legislators to adhere to the principles outlined in the report.

When you speak to your legislators, please let them know the following:

  • You oppose efforts to privatize the community mental health system.
  • Any system change should ensure that the public policy and management role for Michigan’s publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system remains public.
  • Savings that are created by the system are reinvested into the publicly-sponsored system.
  • Clinical and service delivery integration should occur where the consumer/patient is served (on the ground).

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  • Social Recreational Programs

    Community Mental Health of Ottawa County (CMHOC) is pleased to announce the launch of four new social and recreational programs for adults with disabilities who live in Ottawa County. Social and recreational activities help to enhance an individual's health and well-being and play an important role in bringing meaning to one's life. These programs are being funded by the mental health millage that was passed by Ottawa County voters in March, 2016 and will help to replace some of the opportunities lost due to funding cuts. Staying connected to friends and avoiding isolation is important for all people, especially the most vulnerable in our community. Involvement in the social and recreational programs is voluntary and will not impact a person’s medically necessary Medicaid services. These services are intended to add opportunities and choices for people with disabilities throughout the community.

    CMHOC has selected four agencies to run the social and recreations programs. A program will be located in each of the four quadrants of Ottawa County and will offer a variety of activities. Each program will have their own calendar and advanced registration is required. Some of the activities being offered include dance and exercise classes, bowling, movie nights, sporting events, and museum visits. If someone is interested in attending one of the programs they can contact that organization directly. The contact information is listed below.

    Grand Haven/Spring Lake - Momentum Center (714 Columbus, Grand Haven, MI 49417) Check out the website to learn more about happenings at Momentum Center will be celebrating their grand opening on April 20, 2017. Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more or call 616-414-9111.

    Coopersville/Allendale - Heritage Homes Social Rec Program is offering a variety of activities. If you are interested in attending check out their Facebook page or website to learn more about what is being offered. If you are interested in attending, visit their website to learn how to get connected to their program at or call 616-384-3479.

    Hudsonville/Jenison - Ikus Life Enrichment Services: R.E.C. Connect is offering a variety of activities check out their Facebook page or visit their website to learn about what is being offered. If you are interested in attending visit their website to learn how to get connected to their program at or call 616-677-5251 x119.

    Holland - Pioneer Resources: LARC Program is offering a variety of activities in the Holland area check out their website at or Facebook page to learn more about LARC. If you are interested in attending call 231-773-5355.

Administrative Office

  • Phone: (616) 392-1873
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lynne Doyle
    Executive Director
  • Briana Fowler
    Recipient Rights Officer

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