Michigan Mental Health Commission to Hold Public Forums - Meetings in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Flint and Marquette

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

March 17, 2004

The Michigan Mental Health Commission today announced it would hold four public forums across the state to gather public comment on ways to improve the public mental health system in Michigan.

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed the Mental Health Commission to recommend sweeping changes in both the delivery of service and effectiveness of Michigan’s mental health network.

While public comment is encouraged at all business meetings of the Michigan Mental Health Commission, these public forums offer an additional way for Commission members to hear directly from citizens on ways to improve the system.

  • Grand Rapids - Wednesday, April 7, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m., The Conference Centers, Western Michigan University, Grand Hall, 200 Ionia Ave, SW, Grand Rapids
  • Detroit - Wednesday, April 14, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m., Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center, 02-44 Oakland Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 44, One Washington Blvd., Detroit
  • Flint - Tuesday, April 20, 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mott Community College, Ballroom of the Prahl Conference Center, 1402 E. Court Street, Flint.
  • Marquette - Thursday, April 29, 3 - 8 p.m., Northern Michigan University, Great Lakes Room, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette

The Commission also announced that it is welcoming public comment via their website at www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth and is accepting written comments through the mail at: Michigan Mental Health Commission c/o Public Sector Consultants 600 W. Saint Joseph Street, Suite 10 Lansing, MI 48933 Or faxed to: (517) 484-6549

The Michigan Mental Health Commission, a temporary body appointed by executive order, is currently re-evaluating the state’s publicly-funded mental health system with the ultimate goal of using its recommendations to transform Michigan’s mental health system into a national model.

The commission is comprised of mental health consumers, advocates, providers, representatives from law enforcement and the courts, policymakers, and the public.

The Commission’s website is located at www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth.