Any suicidal thought is a risk. Help is always available. HealthWest's 24/7 crisis line is (231) 722-HELP. Anyone with a mental health concern can also walk into our offices at 376 E. Apple Ave., during business hours for an assessment. If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:
Text Home to 741741

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
(888) 628-9454

LGBTQ Youth Hotline
(866) 488-7386

Suicide Hotline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
(800) 799-4889

 

CMHA Response to MDHHS Behavioral Health System Transformation Announcement

LANSING – Following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ September 29, 2020 announcement that it will be pausing the comprehensive system change for behavioral health in Michigan, the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan released the following statement from CEO Robert Sheehan.

“While the transformation of Michigan’s behavioral health system is put on pause at a state level, the public mental health system’s work and commitment to the well-being of Michiganders remains in high-gear. Our members are working on a number of key initiatives in the midst of a global pandemic. In August, Michigan was selected for a nationwide mental health demonstration program—which comes at a critical time as residents across the state experience a greater need for behavioral health services as a result of the pandemic. The announcement means that Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics will be able to expand throughout Michigan, which currently has 18 sites across the state.  CCBHC sites must offer specific types of services including: Crisis services available 24/7; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments and diagnoses; care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement and veteran groups. The recent federal designation allows CCBHC sites to be reimbursed through Medicaid for the full cost of providing mental health services. These funds will allow those organizations to provide much needed community-based and integrated services for the people in their communities in a timely fashion.

We also applaud the Legislature and MDHHS for expanding the Health Homes and Opioid Health Home initiatives in the FY21 budget, which have had positive outcomes both clinically and fiscally for our community as we work toward integrating primary and mental health care. Members of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and our public partners will continue to push forward to improve integration on the ground and the overall health of the more than 350,000 individuals across 83 counties who rely on our services. We look forward to collaborating with MDHHS on critical developments that will shape the future of care for years to come.”