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.

Partners in Crisis

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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State police want access to prescription drug monitoring system to fight opioid crisis

By Carol Thompson | Lansing State Journal | 12.16.18 LANSING — Michigan State Police want lawmakers to grant them more access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. But what troopers see as a way to control the state’s deadly opioid crisis, mental health advocates say could lead to dangerous violations of patient privacy. “Our whole concern is that it’s going to open up new avenues for law enforcement to get the names of our constituents when our constituents haven’t necessarily done a thing wrong,” said Mark Reinstein, president of the Mental Health Association in Michigan. The package of bills, SB 1245-1247, would give […]

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