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.

March 18, 2020

Letter from Lansing – February

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of MHAM’s monthly newsletter that provides you with public policy updates and other information that impacts the behavioral health care of you and those you love.

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963

MHAM Celebrates Black History Month by honoring civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and abolitionist Frederick Douglass who were instrumental in helping our country move toward a more equitable and accessible society. The civil rights movement that began in the early 1960’s as African Americans fought for equality paved the way for the disability rights movement. For example, in 1968, Congress passed the Architectural Barriers Act which required that all federally owned or leased buildings be accessible to people with physical disabilities. In 1973, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was passed. The law prohibited discrimination in federal programs and services and all other programs or services receiving federal funds. Key language of the law states, “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” These are only a few of the disability rights laws that have been enacted over the years that are intended to provide persons with all disabilities the equal opportunity to live, work and play in their communities.

MHAM celebrates all advocates, activists, authors, legislators and others who have diligently worked to protect and preserve the civil rights of persons with disabilities in the United States.

To read the whole February 2020 Letter from Lansing, Please CLICK HERE.