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.

National News

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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With hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

Since its inception, the court-ordered intervention has generated controversy. By CARMEN HEREDIA RODRIGUEZ NOVEMBER 21, 2018 | This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News When mental illness hijacks Margaret Rodgers’ mind, she acts out. Rodgers, 35, lives with depression and bipolar disorder. When left unchecked, the conditions drive the Alabama woman to excessive spending, crying and mania. Last autumn, Rodgers felt her mind unraveling. Living in Birmingham, she was uninsured, unable to afford treatment and in the throes of a divorce. Although Rodgers traveled south to her brother’s house in Foley, Ala., for respite, she couldn’t escape thoughts of suicide, […]

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Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO of MHA, on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

“The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) falls far short of what is needed and will ultimately do significant harm to people with all chronic conditions, including mental illnesses, while increasing the cost of health care to everyone. “While it leaves in place the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions, it does not require insurance products to include all essential benefits. This means that while people with mental health conditions would be able to obtain insurance, the insurance would not include all the services they need. “It also replaces much of both the core and expanded Medicaid […]

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