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.


Letter from Lansing – July 2020

A monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Welcome to the July 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. This edition of Letter from Lansing is being provided in honor of all those men, women and children who may be indigenous; black or persons of color who struggle with brain disorders who continue to move forward despite the challenges of being members of underrepresented groups. “Our lives begin to end the day we become […]

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Perspectives of the Advocacy Community on the Lakeshore Regional Entity & the Public Mental Health System in Michigan

Part Two: Steps to Be Taken Statewide August 26, 2019 (Part One Released August 5) The Arc-Michigan Association for Children’s Mental Health Mental Health Association in Michigan Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Michigan Disability Rights Coalition Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service National Alliance on Mental Illness – Michigan Introduction Michigan’s publicly funded mental health system is in crisis. Among the reasons are the system’s poor structure and organization, an overly complicated bureaucracy, and lack of funding. The recent announcement from MDHHS that it intends to terminate the PIHP contract for the Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) PIHP has sparked a new controversy […]

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A Letter from Lansing – 2018 May Edition

~a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)~ Vol. 1, No. 5                                                                                     May 2018 Section 298 Implementation Needs to Be Delayed, Says MDHHS Since our last issue, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has announced that its latest target for Section 298 pilot implementation (October of this year) cannot be met and will have to be pushed back a year (to October 2019). It is unknown at this time how the legislators most behind the 298 initiative will react to that, and whether they’ll try to do something toward a shorter target […]

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Speedy trial? Not if you’re mentally ill in Michigan

By John Counts Many mentally ill defendants aren’t getting speedy trials in Michigan. Competency cases move through the criminal justice system at a sluggish pace, generally because of one major hurdle: finding space at a state psychiatric facility. Cases are held up for months – sometimes up to a year – while defendants languish untreated in county jails, an MLive investigation revealed. The problem has gotten so bad that judges have resorted to issuing show-cause orders threatening the Center for Forensic Psychiatry with contempt of court for not admitting defendants in a timely manner, the investigation found. The Department of Health and […]

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