The Mental Health Association in Michigan

is the only statewide, non-governmental agency concerned with the broad spectrum of mental illness across all age groups.

MHAM News

Letter from Lansing – February 2019

a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Vol. 2, No. 2                                                                      February  2019 Important New Michigan Report on Medication Access Released A report from a special, legislatively required workgroup on mental health medications has just been released. It supports the position MHAM and the behavioral health community have held for almost 20 years. Since 2004, Michigan Medicaid has carved out […]

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A Cop Killer’s Unchecked Mental Illness & the Lives it Destroyed

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com fburns@mlive.com TITABAWASSEE TWP., MI — A steel door buzzes open. Dozens of inmates enter a white day room to visit with children, parents, wives and girlfriends. In shuffles Marquise Cromer, a 250-pound-plus, 6-foot-3 convicted cop killer. The 23-year-old Detroit man sits in a chair that seems much too small for him. He’s shy. Cromer’s eyes are dark and wide, his soft black hair twisted into short dreadlocks, his face pudgy. Cromer was a lot thinner in his mugshot. He takes anti-psychotic drugs now that he’s behind bars; weight gain is a side-effect. His absent gaze shifts between […]

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Justifiable? Police-involved shootings & mental illness go hand-in-hand

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com fburns@mlive.com Todd Stone called 911 and confessed an urge to “blast the whole block up.” “Depressed, highly intoxicated and suicidal,” according to police reports and the 911 recording, the 48-year-old cancer patient would eventually tell the dispatcher he had no intention of hurting anyone but himself. Minutes later, he was shot to death by police inside his mother’s Oak Park home as he approached them carrying a hatchet. Oak Park Police Chief Steve Cooper said his officer acted appropriately in the December 2017 incident, and there was no reason to revise tactics. Stone’s mother, Margie Stone, argues police had […]

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Letter from Lansing – December

LETTER FROM LANSING is a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Vol. 1, No. 12                                                                        Dec. 2018 Questionable Bill Package Opposed by MHAM Fails in Lame-Duck Legislative Session Senate Bills 1245-47, allowing law enforcement to access information about people who have been legally prescribed controlled substances for medical conditions, did not make their way through the Legislature after we testified […]

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