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.

October 12, 2016

New Affinity Group Scheduled for Kalamazoo


Advocacy Services for Kids, The Association of Children’s Mental Health and Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan invite consumers or family members of consumers who are eligible for Medicaid services to come a give valuable feedback!

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is asking families of children and youth with serious mental health challenges, people with mental illness, persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorder and their family members to come and share what they need in a mental health service system. This is a great opportunity to come and share what is important to your child and family.

These meetings are a follow-up to the Lieutenant Governor’s workgroup regarding the Section 298 of Michigan’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal which included boilerplate language about mental health reform that included shifting Medicaid funding for public mental health services away from community mental health agencies and shifting it to private HMO’s. The boilerplate was changed, but MDHHS needs to write a report to Legislators about suggestions for improving the service system. Advocates have been working tirelessly to express their concerns about Section 298 and now we need to hear from you!

In order to gather information from the most important group, those who use mental health services, MDHHS and others created a survey and will be hosting group meetings to ask people the survey questions. To view the survey questions HERE: affinity-group-questions-for-eligible-populations-and-families.

To view background about the Affinity Group Meeting process download the following document: background-information-for-affinity-group.

Please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at our new family and youth center: 445 W. Michigan Ave Suite 102 Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The meeting will be facilitated by Jane Shank, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Mental Health. Contact Tina Robbins at (269) 343-5896 if you have questions.