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.


Examples of MHAM’s many accomplishments over its history are:

  • Obtained passage of legislation in 1944 allowing social workers to provide services in schools.
  • Stimulated a successful bond issue in the early 1950s to increase the number of state psychiatric hospitals and to provide funding for establishment of the Hawthorn Center inpatient program for children and the Lafayette Clinic in Detroit (research, training and care facility).
  • Obtained the first public appropriation for community aftercare services in Michigan (early 1960s).
  • Stimulated passage of the state’s first community mental health law in 1963.
  • Played a major role in adoption of the Michigan Mental Health Code (1974).
  • Procured the first legislative appropriation for a specifically designated mental illness prevention line item in the state budget (1976).
  • Drafted 1984 legislation setting governing standards for admission and discharge of children to and from psychiatric hospitals.
  • Co-founded the Schizophrenics Anonymous self-help program (1985).
  • Established and conducted the first community-based monitoring programs of residential settings for mental illness (1980s-90s).
  • Played a major role in substantial re-tooling of Michigan’s Mental Health Code (1994-95).
  • Stimulated establishment of and served on gubernatorial Mental Health Commission in 2004. (Subsequently drafted the only laws to be enacted in follow-up of the Commission’s work.)
  • Drafted state law on open access to medications in the Medicaid program for mental illness and other high-risk conditions (2004).
  • Co-authored state laws on advance psychiatric directives and assisted outpatient treatment (2004-05).
  • Founded and maintained a statewide coalition (Michigan Partners in Crisis) on mental health-and-justice system issues (2008-present).
  • Analyzed and developed recommended changes for over 100 state policies and operating procedures on correctional mental health care (2009-10).
  • Surveyed Michigan judges and CMH programs to establish state baseline data on assisted outpatient treatment usage and perceptions; procured state legislation promoting jail diversion and Medicaid continuity for incarcerated individuals (2014).

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Who We Are The Mental Health Association in Michigan  (MHAM) is a voluntary membership citizens’ …
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