Mental Health Association in Michigan, Background and History
The Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) is the state’s oldest non-profit organization concerned with mental illnesses, having been incorporated in November, 1936. The Association’s mission is to improve care and treatment of mental illness; promote positive mental health; and prevent the onset of mental disorders. We do this through policy analysis and advocacy with government, primarily at the state government level in Lansing. MHAM seeks regulatory action from government that our Board and membership deem to be in the best interests of adults and youth experiencing or at risk of mental illness. Through this approach, we believe we are doing the greatest good for the greatest number, as a single law or policy change from Lansing can affect tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of state residents.
MHAM is affiliated with the Virginia-based Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) and is partly funded by local United Ways.