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.


Blog 4: Broken Promises & Unfulfilled Expectations

Institutions, programs, and services for the care, treatment, education, or rehabilitation of those inhabitants who are physically, mentally, or otherwise seriously disabled shall always be fostered and supported. Article 8 § Section 8; Michigan Constitution of 1963 Michigan’s managed care program for specialty services has been from the start: value-based, policy oriented, and consumer-focused.   The selection process to be used for specialty pre-paid health plans endorses and is constructed around four major goals or purposes for managed specialty care.  These goals are freedom, community, accountability, and efficiency. The department expects that CMHSPs will take the initiative and responsibility for embracing […]

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What About the Recipient Rights System?

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.” -FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, greeting to the American Committee for Protection of Foreign-born, Jan. 9, 1940 and the quote on the cover of the 2016-2017 report entitled, “The State of Rights Protection in Michigan” from the Office of Recipient Rights. What do you think about when you hear the term, “recipient rights?” There are many ways that “rights” may be defined. In the United States, we […]

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MHAM’s Primary Legislative Initiatives for 2019-2020

Every two years, with the approval of the MHAM Board of Directors, MHAM establishes a list of advocacy priorities and/or initiatives that it seeks to pursue over the next legislative session.  Our Partners in Crisis mental-health-and-justice coalition also develops initiatives annually (with this year’s to be set mid-January). Between MHAM and PIC, we’ll have about 20 public policy initiatives to begin work on in early January.  Seven of these initiatives require legislative changes for them to be realized.  These initiatives are focused on the public mental health system: Make the office of recipient rights a separate and autonomous entity so […]

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MHAM’s First Blog Post!

MHAM January 1, 2019  Happy New Year!   Welcome to the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) blog.  We are introducing a blog that will be posted on the MHAM web site and on Facebook about every two weeks.  The blog will bring you up to date information about what is happening in both public and private behavioral healthcare that may impact you, our constituents.   This initial blog is intended to introduce you to MHAM and its advocacy goals and initiatives for 2019.  We will also give you a brief recap of legislation that MHAM is monitoring and hoping to push […]

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