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Snyder makes appointment to Mental Health Diversion Council

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Ross Buitendorp, of Grand Rapids, to the Mental Health Diversion Council.

The council is housed within the Michigan Department of Community Health and helps to strengthen the state's mental health system. It offers solutions to improve services for Michiganders living with mental health conditions to help ensure better quality of life, safety, and independence.

"I thank Ross for his willingness to serve on this council. His experience will help ensure all Michiganders have an improved quality of life," said Snyder.

Buitendorp is lead contract manager for network180. He served as intake and marketing coordinator for Pathfinder Resources, and also worked with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Buitendorp earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Calvin College and a master’s in public administration from DePaul University.
He will represent adult service agencies and/or providers from a local community mental health service program and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Risa Coleman.

Buitendorp will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Jan. 30, 2016. His appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.